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 a New York Times bestselling author with the upcoming book The Genius of Empathy: Practical Skills to Heal Yourself, Your Relationships and the World (Foreword by the Dalai Lama). She has also written The Empath’s Survival Guide and Thriving as an Empath, which offers daily self-care tools for sensitive people. She integrates the pearls of conventional medicine with cutting edge knowledge of intuition, empathy, energy medicine, and spirituality. Dr. Orloff specializes in treating empaths and highly sensitive people in her private practice and online internationally. Her 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, TEDx U.S. and TEDx Asia. More information about Dr. Orloff’s Empathy Training Programs for businesses, The Empath Survival Guide Online Course and speaking schedule at

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