Have you ever felt like you were worn out from trying to please everyone in your life? Your parents, your spouse or partner, your kids, your friends, etc. all seem like they need more of you than there is to go around? It happens to be more normal to feel as though you’re running on empty than those who know how to set healthy boundaries and make sure they are being replenished on a regular basis.
Most people think in terms of a acting as a co-dependent being the “pleaser” or the enabler who tries to keep the peace by making sure everyone is happy. But in actuality, it is more typical for those who have been raised in a family of abuse, dysfunctions and especially where substance abuse is at hand.