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While being a Highly Sensitive Person and being Codependent both have connections to chaos and addiction, they are different. I reject the pop-psych label of codependency because I think it is an illusion. There are better ways to discuss unhealthy behavior. For example, one could say “Rivka, you’re seeking validation from others.” or “Rivka, you’re putting his needs before your own.” I never finished reading the self-help book I bought about codependency because only one-fifth of the behaviors seemed applicable to me. I scored especially badly in the compliance and control behaviors. Which is to say, I want to be needed