What You Need To Know Before Dating A Control Freak

What You Need To Know Before Dating A Control Freak ©iStock/pixdeluxe

Control freaks can be tough to handle, but we’re definitely worth the trouble. After all, we have such big plans for life that we’re bound to be successful, and we want you to be part of it. Of course, you should really know what you’re in for before you ask us on a date. Here are a few things you’ll be expected to deal with if you fall in love with a control freak:

  1. We expect the best from you and from ourselves.You should be flattered by this, because it means that we believe you can accomplish great things. Of course, it also means that you’re going to have to work pretty hard in order to get our approval—but don’t worry, because we’ll be working just as hard as you do.
  2. We don’t like unexpected plans.If you’re planning on taking us to a party with your friends, you should let us know before the last second. We want to know what you have in mind ahead of time, so we can plan out the night. Otherwise, our anxiety can take over.
  3. We’re uber-organized.If you move something in our room, even by a fraction of an inch, we’ll know it. To us, everything has a place, which is why it can be hard for us to adjust to having someone else living in our space. We don’t like change, so it might take us a while to get used to having you in our life.
  4. We border on nosy.When we ask you how work was, don’t just say that it was “fine.” We want to know all of the details, so don’t leave anything out. We want to feel like we’re involved.
  5. We think we’re doing what’s best for you.We might nag you or come across as clingy, but we aren’t trying to be a pain in the butt. We’re genuinely trying to do what’s best for you. We love you, so we want to give you the best life possible.
  6. Our advice isn’t meant to be criticism.When we tell you that you should be folding a towel differently, we aren’t trying to make you feel incompetent. We’re just trying to help you learn. We’re natural-born teachers.
  7. We want to make decisions together.If you’re going to pick out a new carpet for the apartment or buy a new car, please ask us for our opinion first. We like to feel like we’re in control, and in order for that to happen, you need to involve us in your decision making process.
  8. We don’t think we’re better than you.When we tell you the “right” way to do something, it might sound like we think we’re superior. However, that’s not it. We’re just trying to help you.
  9. We’re workaholics.Our jobs can take up a lot of our time. We’ll try to rearrange our schedule, so that you don’t feel neglected, but our work will always come first. It’s just the way it is.
  10. We need you to help us let loose.We understand that our need for control can be frustrating. That’s why we need someone who knows how to have fun. We never really relax, which is why we need a partner that’ll teach us how to let loose.
Holly Riordan is a writer from Long Island, New York who has authored several science fiction and horror books. A graduate of Stony Brook University, she has spent nearly a decade writing for publications including Thought Catalog, Huffington Post, Teen Vogue, and more. You can find her on Instagram @hollyrio and Twitter @hollyyrio.