Codependent Persona

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Codependency Topics

Three trending topics in codependency that are also likely to be of interest to those who intend to attend a retreat for codependency include attachment theory, forgiveness/making amends, and high-functioning PTSD. These were chosen as trending topics in codependency because of an increase in the number of searches on Google for keywords related to these topics over a one-year period. They were chosen as likely to be of interest to those who may attend a retreat for codependency because they were related to keywords that have been searched by those who eventually land on the homepages of two codependency retreats, The Guest House and Glass House Intensives.

Attachment Theory

  • Attachment theory is a psychological theory developed by British psychiatrist John Bowlby in the 1960s. The theory states that in infancy, the infant develops one of four "attachment styles" based off of how their caregivers provide care. The styles are: “secure attachment style”, “avoidant attachment style”, “anxious attachment style” and “disorganized attachment style”.
  • The type of attachment style developed in infancy affects the person later in life, including influencing their physical health, mental health, ability to form functional and beneficial relationships both in a personal and professional context, and even the type of religious beliefs one has.
  • People with an avoidance or ambivalent attachment style, or those that have a partner with one of these attachment styles, may be at risk of developing poor relationships, like being "unavailable for intimacy" but at the same time being "addicted to the relationship". These feelings can cause depression and/or anxiety. These attachment styles can manifest as codependent relationships.
  • Interest in attachment theory, especially the different attachment styles, has been trending over the last year, as shown by the increase in Google keyword searches for phrases like "anxious avoidant attachment style" (250% increase), "fearful avoidant attachment style" (200% increase), "anxious attachment style" (180% increase) and "anxious avoidant relationship" (170% increase), among others.
  • The top organic keyword searched that eventually leads people to the Glass House Intensive website is "feel empty dealing with avoidant ambivalent." The phrase "avoidant ambivalent" is part of attachment theory. The use of this wording leads one to believe that people using it would have already studied attachment theory.

Forgiveness/Making Amends

  • Forgiveness, meaning "letting go of resentment", is part of the recovery process. However, people in codependent relationships may forgive and forget too often, putting themselves in harms way. While it is necessary for codependents to forgive the people that have harmed them, it is not necessary for them to stay in relationship with them.
  • Forgiveness/making amends is also a part of the 12-step program for codependents. Codependents Anonymous was started in 2010.
  • People seeking treatment for codependent relationships has been steadily increasing, including people wishing to attend 12-step meetings to deal with their codependency. Based on Google search results, the frequency of searches for "codependent meetings near me" increased 120% from one year prior, and searches for "codependent meetings" increased by 40%. Codependent No More, a book by Melody Beattie, which discusses forgiveness, is also trending right now, with an increase in search results of 61,750% over the one-year time period.
  • The top organic keyword searched that eventually leads people to the website of The Guest House is "making amends with your abuser." This shows that people that may be interested in attending The Guest House are also interested in forgiveness/making amends with those that have harmed them.

Complex PTSD

  • Complex PTSD is a newly emerging condition linked to PTSD, however, complex PTSD signifies that the person "has experienced prolonged or repeated trauma over a period of months or years." This trauma common includes childhood neglect, domestic abuse, or living in an extremely unstable environment.
  • People with complex PTSD struggle in relationships because "they tend to avoid others and may feel a lack of connection." People with complex PTSD are at a higher risk of becoming involved in codependent relationships.
  • Complex PTSD and the idea that PTSD can come from relationships are trending topics on Google search. There has been an increase in the number of searches for "what is complex PTSD" (160% increase), "can you get PTSD from a relationship" (90% increase), and "complex PTSD from surviving to thriving" (90% increase) from last year to this year.
  • "High functioning PTSD" is a common search term for those that eventually end up viewing the website of The Guest House, showing that people that are interested in high functioning, or complex, PTSD may also be interested in attending a codependency retreat.
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