As a kid, you were great at helping others. It gave you a sense of value and love. Perhaps that’s because you only felt loved if you were meeting someone else’s needs; your own personal needs felt selfish. Now, you fear that you aren’t lovable for who you are, but only for what you can give others. So you find pride in denying your own needs, and you crave the flattery that comes when friends and loved ones “couldn’t do it without you.” This even influences how you approach God, often believing his need for you is the key to your ongoing relationship.

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