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Sometimes, love makes us blind to glaring flaws in our partner. People in relationships with control freaks get manipulated, controlled and mistreated and don’t even realize it for a long time. Here are the signs you need to watch out for!

1. He/she wants to know what you are up to all the time.

Wanting to keep tabs on someone are classic signs of being a control freak. It is natural for your partner to wonder where you are and what you are doing, but if it gets excessive, it is a problem.

2. There are no boundaries in the relationship.

If he/she has somehow managed to get access to all your passwords, and goes through your phone whenever they feel like it, watch out! You have landed yourself a massive control freak, and are in big trouble.

3. They treat you condescendingly.

If you find yourself not being treated with the respect you deserve, and talked down to, you are either dating a control freak, or a know-it-all.

4. You find yourself scrambling to make excuses for every thing you do.

You are the master of your own life and decisions, and don’t need to justify yourself to no-one. However, if you find yourself making excuses to your partner, you could be dating a control freak.

5. They make you feel worthless.

A classic way of cornering a person and controlling them, is to erode their self esteem. Making them feel alone and bad about themselves makes them easier to manipulate. Are you falling prey to this trick?

6. You’re guilt tripped every time you make plans by yourself or with other friends.

No one has a right to make you feel guilty about innocent pleasures like hanging out with friends, socializing or partying. If your partner does, he’s a control freak.

7. Your partner tries to micromanage everything.

Every decision is examined, analysed and whetted by your partner before being implemented. Nothing is ever spontaneous. He makes not just his own decisions, but decides what’s good for you too. That is a very unhealthy way to be, in a relationship.

8. You find yourself withholding things.

If you feel you can’t be completely honest in a relationship, or have to be careful about what you say in front of your partner, it is clearly a controlling, one-sided relationship, and you need to get out of it, pronto!