Codependency and Enmeshment: A Fusion of Concepts

Bacon, Ingrid and Conway, Jeff (2022) Codependency and Enmeshment: A Fusion of Concepts. In: International Schema Therapy Conference - Inspire 2022; 16-18 June 2022, Copenhagen - Denmark. (Unpublished)


Codependency and Enmeshment have been used interchangeably in psychological and psychotherapeutic practice. The commentary offers a discussion of the conceptual development of both concepts, highlighting the historical differences and similarities. It suggests that there are specific schemas and modes which operate within the scope of both concepts. The Bacon & Conway 2021 Model is introduced to describe the schemas and modes associated with enmeshment and codependency. The conceptual model of enmeshment of codependency is offered with the intention to help the reader to identify and find ways to address these patterns. A fictional case scenario was offered to illustrate the discussion. Further research is currently being developed to offer a robust empirical base for the model proposed.

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