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Dependency paradox

  • By: Brooke C. Feeney
  • In: Encyclopedia of Human Relationships
  • Edited by: Harry T. Reis & Susan Sprecher
  • Subject:Interpersonal Relationships, Group Processes/Dynamics, Close Relationships

It is generally believed that yielding to expressions of dependence creates more dependence and less self-sufficiency. In fact, in many Western cultures, dependence on others is viewed as a sign of weakness and something that should be discouraged. However, recent research ...

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