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 ┬ápersonality 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.