Sanctuary and Serenity

The Frog Syndrome

Posted on: March 26, 2010


The Frog Syndrome.

~Codependent No More – Melody Beattie.

“Did you hear about the woman who kissed a frog?  She was hoping it would turn into a prince.  It didn’t.  She turned into a frog too.”
Many codependents like to kiss frogs.  We see so much good in them.  Some of us even become chronically attracted to frogs after kissing enough of them.  Alcoholics and people with other compulsive disorders are attractive people.  They radiate power, energy, and charm.  They promise the world.  Never mind that they deliver pain, suffering, and anguish.  The words they say sound so good.
If we don’t deal with our codependent characteristics, probabilities dictate we will continue to be attracted to and kiss frogs.  Even if we deal with our characteristics, we may still lean toward frogs, but we can learn not to jump into the pond with them.

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