Counterdependency

Counterdependency is almost on the opposite side of co-dependent. It can be found in the age-appropriate negativism of two-year-olds and teens, where it serves the temporary purpose of distancing one from the parental figures. The key in understanding counter-dependency is differentiating it from healthy autonomy. It’s  personality has been described as being addicted to activity and suffering from grandiosity, as acting strong and pushing others away. It can present itself in a clinical situation in the form of a negative transference.