Cosmo: Are You a Control Freak?


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Summary of Article

For self-proclaimed “control freaks,” giving up control can push us outside of our comfort zone and into the unknown. Controlling behaviors can take many different forms such as not delegating tasks to others, inflexibility over dinner plans, or obsessing over calorie and carb intake. Over time, this need to control all of the details of our lives can actually lead to our own unhappiness. Recognizing these controlling behaviors and then learning to let go and surrender is the most effective approach to finding our own happiness. In this Cosmo article, I share strategies to overcome one’s controlling tendencies and also how to protect yourself if you come in contact with a control freak.


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Judith Orloff, MD is the New York Times best-selling author of The Empath’s Survival Guide: Life Strategies for Sensitive People. Her latest book Thriving as an Empath offers daily self-care tools for sensitive people along with its companion The Empath’s Empowerment Journal. Dr. Orloff is a psychiatrist, an empath, and is on the UCLA Psychiatric Clinical Faculty. She synthesizes the pearls of traditional medicine with cutting edge knowledge of intuition, energy, and spirituality. Dr. Orloff also specializes in treating empaths and highly sensitive people in her private practice. Dr. Orloff’s work has been featured on The Today Show, CNN, Oprah Magazine, the New York Times and USA Today. Dr. Orloff has spoken at Google-LA and has a TEDX talk. Her other books are Emotional Freedom, The Power of Surrender, Second Sight, Positive Energy, and Guide to Intuitive HealingExplore more information about her Empath Support Online course and speaking schedule on

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