Losing Your Freedom

Are you in a relationship that feels like it's taking away every shred of independence and freedom? Is your partner suddenly exerting control over all aspects of your life, from whom you hang out with to how you spend your time? If so, the signs may be pointing to an unhealthy, controlling relationship.

Unhealthy communication patterns

Effective communication is the foundation of any healthy relationship. Unfortunately, unhealthy communication patterns such as blaming, criticising, or manipulating can damage and destroy them. These patterns not only create tension and conflict but also make it difficult for individuals to express themselves and feel heard. Blaming and criticising can be hurtful, making individuals feel attacked and defensive, while manipulating can harm trust in the relationship.

It's essential to identify and address these patterns early on before they become ingrained and cause long-term damage. By fostering healthy communication habits like active listening and respect, individuals can establish positive relationships built on trust and understanding.

Overly possessive behaviour

In any relationship, trust and respect are the building blocks that allow both people to grow and thrive as individuals. However, when one person becomes overly possessive and unwilling to let their partner make decisions for themselves, it can quickly become suffocating and detrimental to the relationship. This kind of behaviour can manifest in different ways, such as constantly checking up on your location or contacts, or insisting that you consult them before making any decisions about your own life.

It's important to establish clear boundaries and communicate openly about what you need in a relationship, so that both you and your partner can continue to grow and support each other in a healthy way.

Checking your phone

Our smartphones have become extensions of ourselves, holding everything from our contacts, calendars, and social media to our personal photographs and messages. However, with great power comes great responsibility! It's not okay to casually grab someone else’s phone or tablet without their explicit permission. While it may seem harmless to scroll through someone’s photos or sneak a peek at their text messages, remember that privacy is important.

It's always good to ask before accessing any device that doesn't belong to you. It's not only polite, but it also shows that you respect the other person's boundaries and trust.

Controlling who you spend time with

As individuals, we all have the power to control some aspects of our lives, including who we spend time with and how we dress. These might seem like small decisions, but they can make a huge impact on our overall well-being and sense of self.

For example, spending time with people who bring positivity and joy into our lives can improve our mood and mental health. Additionally, dressing in a way that makes us comfortable and confident can boost our self-esteem and help us navigate the world with grace and poise. Ultimately, choosing to take control of these seemingly small choices can lead to greater happiness and fulfilment in our lives.

Making decisions for both of you

One fundamental aspect of any healthy relationship is the ability to communicate effectively. In a perfect world, partners discuss and make decisions together, each having their input valued and taken into account. But what happens when one partner begins to make decisions without consulting the other? This can change the dynamics of the relationship and cause long-lasting consequences. It can breed feelings of resentment, mistrust and a lack of respect.

Even seemingly small decisions can become sources of conflict if one partner feels disempowered. Ultimately, communication and mutual respect are key to keeping any relationship flourishing.

Jealousy over friends and family

Jealousy can be a powerful and consuming emotion, especially when it stems from comparisons with those closest to us. Whether it's envy towards a friend's successful career, a sibling's happy relationship, or even a past partner's new romantic interest, feelings of inadequacy can quickly take hold.

It's easy to get caught up in comparison mode, but it's important to remember that everyone has their own unique journey in life. Instead of dwelling on what we lack, we can focus on our own vision and goals and celebrate the success of those around us. After all, jealousy only holds us back from our own potential.