Why do we do this to ourselves? Why do we feel so uncertain and vulnerable that we can’t go about the business of living our own lives? Why, when we have proved we are so strong and capable by the sheer fact that many of us have endured and survived what we have, can’t we believe in ourselves? Why, when we are experts at taking care of everybody around us, do we doubt our ability to take care of ourselves?
Melody Beattie, Codependent No More: How to Stop Controlling Others and Start Caring for Yourself