I recently escaped from a control freak friendship. It wasn't unlike a short-lived romance -- fun in the beginning and then the issues start popping up, like weeds in a summer garden.
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It's hard not to attack back when you feel attacked. But, little by little, surrendering these reflexive instincts is a more compassionate, evolved way to get your needs met and keep relationships viable if and when it's possible.
The common justification of the control freak is they want to make sure everything is as good or as successful as possible. It's one thing to be concerned and make sure things go well.
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What should we do when we have to live or work with people whose controlling behaviors impose on us? It's a good question -- in fact, a question that several HP readers posed.
As your daughter is only 5 ½, you need to be cautious about the people you expose her to. So if your fiancé is incarcerated for child molestation, that obviously should be a deal-killer.
Dear Irene: I wish I had an escape but I'm still in high school and I live a street away from her and she knows almost everything about me, even that I may have an STD.
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