Everyone knows a control freak. Or perhaps that person is you! By definition, a control freak is someone who feels compelled to drive situations toward a certain end, taking charge of the details so the outcome somehow meets their needs. Their efforts may be subtle, nudging you to do their bidding by suggestion, or blatant, redoing everything you might’ve already done — the need to control stronger than the probability of being offensive.
The important thing to remember in dealing with control freaks is that it’s not about you, it’s about them. According to Psychology Today, control freaks “need control because without it they fear things would spiral out of control and their lives would fall apart.” The control freak actually feels out of control. Think you might be guilty of this type of behavior (or know someone who is)? See if you exhibit any of the following traits.