Emotional dependence will delay you on your journey of personal growth. But even more importantly, emotional dependence often masks the true problem: fear. It is usually fear and self-doubt that prevent us from going after our own emotional needs, relying instead on others to provide it for us. Living your life in a certain way only to please another person, or to meet what you perceive as their expectations of you, can be harmful to your mental health. It will take a toll on your self-esteem and can lead to resentment. You cannot be emotionally dependent and truly happy at the same time. It is one or the other. If you want to be happy, you need to take responsibility for your own happiness and stop relying on others to provide it for you.