Dependent (adj) relying on someone or something else for aid, support, or whatever is needed; inability to stand alone; subordinate.

She gives away the majority of her power and in the process becomes a puppet; subject to neediness, blaming others, and/or a victim mentality.

Independent (adj) reliant on self for aid, support, or whatever is needed; not influenced or controlled by others in matters of opinion, conduct, etc.; autonomous; free.

She keeps the majority of her power, is perceived as a “strong, black woman” and/or masculine, and is treated as such – left alone to do her own thing.

Interdependent (adj) relying on mutual assistance, support, cooperation, or interactions; mutually dependent.

She gives away some of her power and in turn, receives some power from others as evidenced by her fulfilling friendships, alliances, and partnerships. She maintains her own identity (sense of freedom, purpose, and happiness) while being mutually responsible to others.

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