Why am I so controlling?



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I've been thinking a lot lately about my behavior in my relationships, particularly my friendships. I've always been the "responsible" one in my friend group, and much to my detriment. I've been spending time lately to think, why do I try to control my friends or friend group? Why do I engage in controlling behavior? Why am I controlling? As I dig a little deeper into it, I start to see how it is connected to my people pleasing behavior. I am a people pleaser. And it's likely due to underlying issues or fears that I somehow need to manage so I can control my anxiety. What needs to happen is I need to stop being the responsible one, stop people pleasing, so that I'm not engaging in toxic behavior in my relationships or friendships. No one wants a toxic friend group, and no one wants someone controlling them. I'm not perfect, and I, like everyone, else, have room to grow, despite being a therapist. I'd love to hear from you? Does any of this resonate? Do you do this? Are you controlling in your relationships? Do you have a friend that can be controlling? How does this make you feel? Let me know in the comments.



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