How to tell if you're a control freak and ways to deal with it

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The constant need for control can be rooted in anxiety and the unrealistic desire for things to be perfect. (PHOTO: Gallo Images/Getty Images)
The constant need for control can be rooted in anxiety and the unrealistic desire for things to be perfect. (PHOTO: Gallo Images/Getty Images)

You like the cupboards packed just so and get upset or irritated when the people you live with don’t do it that way. You think your child would do better in tests if she studied the way you told her she should.

When others are upset, sad or angry, you’re quick to tell them what to do to make it better. You have the answer or solution to every problem and believe it’s your duty to share it with those you think will benefit from it.

Sound familiar? If you recognise yourself in these examples, you might just be a control freak. And if that’s the case, it’s time to consider taking a chill pill – because not only does it negatively affect your nearest and dearest, it can also elevate your stress levels.

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