Enmeshment- What is it?

"I LOVE him and CAN'T live without him." "I would just DIE without her."

"You complete me."

"I NEED you."

"I am NOTHING without you."

Ever heard someone in a relationship utter these words? If so, they might have been under the influence of "enmeshment". These phrases might sound sweet and romantic, but don't be deceived. It's not so great after all.

Enmeshment is defined by Collins English Dictionary as "to catch or involve in or as if in a net or snare; entangle". So think of an enmeshed relationship as someone who is so entangled with another person that they aren't able to separate. They are too caught up in each other that they can't get away.

This stage of relationships usually happens at the beginning of a relationship and can be euphoric. It feels good at first, but can be dangerous. Read all week to find out more about enmeshed relationships and it's dangers, how to get out of one, and how to avoid being an enmeshing person. Thanks for reading!

Teri Claassen MSW, LCSW, LCAC is a licensed therapist at Imagine Hope Counseling Group. Teri enjoys doing marriage counseling, individual counseling, couples and relationship counseling. Teri also does family counseling, child counseling, and adolescent counseling.  Imagine Hope serves the Indianapolis area, including the surrounding areas of Carmel, Fishers, Noblesville, Zionsville, and Westfield.