Compassion is the ability to feel someone else's pain as if it were your own. When you feel compassion, you care deeply.
Codependency is compassion with mistaken ownership. A compassionate person can still function while someone they care about is hurting. A codependent can't. A codependent takes care of others to their own detriment.
To this point, a wise friend shared a reminder from her hubby.
- Care, but don't carry.
I recorded a humerous song about being a Codependent Fool who cares AND carries.
If the shoe fits, change it! It looks like great fun in the picture, but when it's compulsive, it's destructive.