Difficulties frequently arise
within relationships when one party becomes too controlling. The person who is being
controlled can feel lost and disengaged from their own decision making process. And eventually, may not
feel able to stand up for themselves and make decisions with out consulting the controller. In this type of extreme circumstance
the controlling can be viewed as abusive behavior, and could even progress to violence.
Means of Control
the other person: The person who controls comes up with ways to describe the other person which over time, become
the reality of the relationship. Example: “Why is it always about you? You always
have to be the center of attention.”
The controller diminishes the other person’s authentic self to create justification for stepping in and taking control.
Example: “Why can’t you do anything right? You are such a loser.”
controlling person loses their grip when the other person has social contacts that are a source of validation.
Example: “I do not want you spending time with people from work. Your family doesn’t
know what they are talking about; don’t talk to them about our business.”
Verbal abuse: This type of controlling
is abusive and includes name calling, blaming, withholding praise and encouragement, and offering judgment or criticism instead.
The verbal abuse may take the form of giving commands or making threats.
Individuals living with unaddressed verbal abuse may also be at risk for physical domestic
violence, which is a crime.
Person Who Controls:
anyone can be perceived as being controlling, and much of the time they are clueless that they are at all controlling.
It’s quite the opposite; they feel that the other person being controlled is the one with the power in the relationship.
After all, the controlled person simply can to refuse to go along with the control attempts, and the controller is
left feeling abandoned and rejected. It is the fear of being abandoned or rejected that causes the controller
to use control methods in the first place.
The Controlled Person:
Controlling people would not have any power without
the cooperation of the person being controlled. A person can be drawn into a controlling relationship for
any number of reasons; one reason is likely connected to a person’s self-esteem. When a person feels
that others are more intelligent or talented that person may not object much to being told what to do. Perhaps
a person was raised in a family in which there was a large amount of control, and therefore being in a controlling adult relationship
seems comfortable or is thought of as natural. Some people think that they can gain closeness and earn
respect by acquiescing to another's wishes.
time however, the controlled person starts to feel disillusioned. A person wants to trust and help other
people but when that trust is exploited by a controlling individual conflicted feelings will arise.