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Intimacy vs. Enmeshment





Intimacy Enmeshment


- Allows for autonomy - Prohibits and/or punishes autonomy

- Interdependent and appreciating - Codependent and engulfing

- Mutual/appropriate concern - Over-concern/over-involvement

- Allows for growth/change/uniqueness - Cyclical, confining & growth-stunting

- Boundaries are present/respected - Boundaries are disrespected/ignored

- Creates growing contentment - Creates restlessness and a sense that

something isn't right


Enmeshment is toxic and prohibits intimacy. Understand it and set boundaries against it so you can be the person God created you to be.