There are many synonyms for co-dependent and all of them are correct to a certain extent. Synonyms themselves can be classified as co-dependent given their dependence upon words of the same species and meaning. Parasitic and symbiotic are the least used and most unappealing synonyms related to co-dependent but also the most correctly classified with the pathological forms of the term. There is a stigma associated with all three words that is not justified since they are merely used to describe an existing mental and/or physical state. It does not seem reasonable to stigmatize the terms or the co-dependents for something that everyone on the planet is part of at some time during each day. Co-dependents can be bugs and flowers, co-workers, sharks and pilot fish, and many other pairs or groups. Co-dependents can have minimal contact or have one living inside another’s body. Other words equivalent to co-dependent are mutually dependent, reciprocal, collaborators, interconnected, and attached. None of these bear a stigma, but all of them can be equated to their negatively profiled counterparts. Perhaps this is a way to define gradients of the pathology that is sometimes present with co-dependency and is a way that may help to alleviate negative symptoms. Although perhaps using such terms as definitions creates those negative perceptions rather than creating a desire to explore the specific situation and possible positive attributes to the co-dependent relationship. Being part of a co-dependent relationship can be a very positive thing for all parties, but more important is a realization from the start that co-dependency exists. With that knowledge and the knowledge of how to use that kind of relationship to the best advantage, being a co-dependent can be a positive, long-lasting experience. Don’t you think we ought to be able to manage our current and inevitable future co-dependencies so that they are positive ones?