People who want to dominate others often do so through emotional blackmail.
When things don’t go according to plan, they will sulk and withhold attention.
This is most likely to happen to people in relationships with them.
They are extremely jealous of anyone who gets your attention, even of work or other hobbies.
Control freaks cling rigidly to these plans, making no room for mistakes, uncontrollable events or human weaknesses.
If you have a bad day and console yourself with a pint of Ben and Jerry’s, which was definitely not on your diet, and your partner criticizes your transgression but ignores your pain, you are probably dating a control freak.
They love to apply the silent treatment until you come asking for forgiveness just to ease the tension.
Control freaks also use guilt and fear to manipulate others.
If you still care for the perfectionist, you can try to explain why you left the relationship and advise counseling.
Don’t expect a sudden epiphany from the self-appointed puppet master, however.
Even if they agree to do something your way, they will often go and do it their way without telling you. Often, these petty tyrants will tell you their meddling is for your own good and shows how much they care.
If your partner is telling you what to wear, what to eat, what to read or watch on TV, you are probably dating a control freak.
If you find that as you pick up the hammer and nail to hang a picture, your partner takes them out of your hands to do it, you are probably dating a control freak. They meticulously plan all moments of the day and become angry when events go awry.