How to end a controlling relationship is what every youth should know.A controlling relationship is defined as a relationship that is based on a power imbalance. In controlling relationship the partners essentially dominates the other in a way that causes intimidation, insecurity, or guilt. These feelings can be brought up through physical, sexual, financial.Ending a controlling relationship can be even harder than being in one. Though you may think that you don’t have the courage to end the relationship or that your partner won’t be able to make it without you — even if they hurt you all the time — you won’t be able to start living life on your own terms until you make the break. If you want to truly end the relationship, then you have to prepare in advance, execute your plan, and follow through. The most important part is building up the courage to do it.
Part 1 of how to end a Controlling Relationship
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Prepare to End the Relationship
Recognize that you’re being controlled. Many controlling relationships last far longer than they should because the person who is being controlled is in denial about anything being wrong. You may think your partner is just a bit moody or needy when in fact, that person has slowly taken over every aspect of your life. Here are some signs that you’re in a manipulative or controlling relationship:
If you’ve noticed that the person has slowly begun to take over every aspect of your life — from how often you see friends to where you go for dinner — then you’re being controlled.
If the person you’re with has angry or emotional outbursts followed by telling you how much s/he needs you or loves you, then the person is trying to control you with his/her emotions.
If you’ve tried to leave before and the person has threatened violence or even suicide, then you’re being threatened and manipulated.
If the person you’re with is extremely jealous and hates it when you hang out with your friends, especially with people of the opposite gender, and makes it difficult for you to hang out with other people, then you’re being controlled.
If your partner has put you down in front of friends and family, has discouraged you from speaking too much in public, and gives you a scary look that makes you keep quiet, then you’re being controlled.
If you find yourself giving in to your partner time and time again because you’re afraid of how s/he will act if you don’t, then you need to get out of the relationship.
If you’re being pressured to do things you don’t want to do, especially sexually, then you’re being controlled.
If you find yourself desperate to please that person at any cost, then you’ve stopped thinking about yourself.
If the person makes you feel like there’s no way out of the relationship and that you’ll never find someone else who wants you, then you’re being controlled into staying in the relationship.
Think of all the reasons you need to leave. Once you realize you’re in a controlling relationship, you need to start thinking about how much better your life will be when you’re done with it. This will motivate you to leave and to start making a game plan for getting out. Write these reasons down to firmly plant them in your mind, and to make you see that you need to get out ASAP if you want to start enjoying your life again. Here are some reasons why you need to leave:
You can start being your own person again. Write down all of the things you loved doing before the relationship, from grabbing fro-yo with your friends to spending hours taking long walks by yourself, that your partner no longer “lets” you do.
You can start enjoying your other relationships. Remember how you used to hang out with your buddies before your girlfriend stepped in and said every night would be date night? Write down your favorite memories from hanging out with your friends and family and think of all the fun and fulfillment you can have once you start enjoying those again.
Your self-esteem will skyrocket. Right now, your self-worth may be based on how good your partner may make you feel at a given moment, and once you’re out of there, you can assess yourself on your own terms. And if your self-esteem is low because you know you’re letting yourself give in to an emotional or unstable person, you’ll feel better once you stop doing that.
You can stop living in constant fear and anxiety. Instead of worrying about how your significant other will react to something you’ll do or say, you can just enjoy your life.
You can even have a good friend help you generate some reasons — a friend may have an insight into your relationship that you don’t have, and s/he can motivate you to leave.
Plan what you’ll say. You should keep it short and sweet and not leave room for the other person to try to reason with you, to beg you to change your mind, or to promise that s/he will change or do anything you want to stay in the relationship. You don’t have to give a million reasons for why you’re leaving or to list all of the times the person has disappointed you — that will only make things more difficult.
Just say, “This isn’t working for me” or “It’s time to say goodbye,” and give a few more statements, but keep it brief.
There’s no point in being vindictive or accusatory. That will only make your partner more emotionally volatile.
Be as calm as you can when you deliver this news. Don’t yell, cry, or pace around. Keep it almost matter-of-fact, even if you’re hurting inside. If you’re obviously emotional, your partner will see that you can be manipulated.
Once you’ve figure out what you’ll say, you should practice how you’ll say it. This will help you be comfortable with the words.
Plan how you’ll say it. The method of delivery is very important when you’re dealing with an unstable or controlling person. The most important thing to think about is that if the person is at all violent or if you’re truly afraid of how the person will react, then you should give the news in a public place, where you feel safe — bring a friend if necessary.
If you really don’t even want to face the person, just write them a note or email. If it’s gotten so bad that you’re afraid to talk face to face, then just get out whatever way you can.
Though once you’ve decided to end the relationship, you should act quickly, give some thought to the timing. Don’t end the relationship after you and/or your partner have been drinking, or in the middle of a very stressful event. Try to pick a time when your partner is likely to be a bit more stable — even if that isn’t saying much.
Come up with an escape plan. If you live with the person or if you’ve just left a lot of things at his/her place, you should think about how you’ll get back your stuff. You can try to be sneaky and get it out before you break up with the person, so you don’t have to go back after you do it. Have a few friends come and help you get the stuff, whether it’s behind the person’s back or after the break-up. This will make you feel safer and more motivated to leave.
If you do live with the person, you should also find a place to stay before you initiate the break up, so you’re not stranded and tempted to go back.
End the relationship in your mind. Before you say what you have to say, tell yourself that it’s really over and start dealing with the natural mourning that comes after a serious relationship is over. If you start already thinking of yourself as broken up — without telling your significant other — you’ll feel stronger when you say what you have to say because you’ve already made up your mind.
Part 2 of how to end a Controlling Relationship
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Execute Your Plan
Be firm. This is the most important thing to consider as you tell the person you’re breaking up. Once you’ve said it, you’ve said it, and there’s nothing the person can do or say to make you change your mind. Say the words you’ve practiced, and get ready to leave. Even if the person is crying or looks absolutely pathetic, just remember all those reasons why you need to leave.
The person may say, “But you haven’t given me a chance to explain!” That’s too bad — actually, you’ve given them way too many chances.
Keep it short. Don’t linger around to give in to your partner’s emotion or list the forty things s/he did to ruin your life. The shorter your explanation, the less likely your partner will be to argue with you or to nitpick. Remember — this is not a negotiation, so don’t be open to a dialogue. Say your piece, and get out.
Keep your distance. Stand or sit away from the person — don’t let them try to touch you, hug you, or just trap you into staying in the relationship. If the person tries to hold your hand, you may feel tempted to just be tender with the person again instead of doing what you intended to do, which is walk away.
Don’t get Controlled. If you’ve been manipulated throughout the relationship, then it’s very likely that you’ll get manipulated during the break-up. Don’t let the person try to sway you with his emotions, tell you that you’ll never find someone else, or bribe you with all of the things he can do for you if you stay, whether it’s to marry you, buy you a house, or go to anger management classes.
Remind yourself that you’re leaving the relationship because you’re tired of this exact behavior. It’s not going to work on you anymore.
Don’t tell the person where you’re going. It may be obvious that you’re going to stay with your parents or at your best friend’s house, but don’t mention it. Don’t give the person an opportunity to follow you to try to win you back, or even to start stalking you.
Walk away. Once you’ve said what you had to say, just go. If you have a friend wai ting in the car, or with you, walk out with that friend. Don’t look back for one last tender gaze at your former significant other — he or she made you feel miserable and worthless, and you’re done with all that. Hold your head high and walk out the door and don’t ever look back.
Part 3 of how to end a Controlling Relationship
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Avoid contact with the person. Don’t let the person call you, text you, Facebook you, or even show up in places where you’re likely to be — get a restraining order if you have to. Talking to the person will only make you feel more confused and hurt, and things could get ugly. Don’t be tricked if the person says that he or she just want to chat, or that s/he misses you — your ex will only try to get you back in whatever way possible.
If you need to talk the person for any reason, like to get back more of your things, or work out something practical related to mutual belongings, bring a friend with you and do it in a public place.
If you and the person have a lot of mutual friends, you’ll have to cut off contact with them for a while. Don’t go to places where you know your ex will be, even if that means laying low for a while.
Don’t be tempted to change your mind. It’s natural that you’ll feel sad and lonely without your significant other. If s/he controlled every aspect of your life and you’re suddenly on your own again, having to make decisions for yourself, it’s logical for you to feel unable to handle the smallest decisions, and to feel completely alone and overwhelmed. But this is exactly how your ex wanted you to feel — like you couldn’t possibly live a day of your life without them.
Keep telling yourself that it will get easier — it really will.
Remind yourself that, before the relationship, you were perfectly fine on your own, and that you can be that person again.
Spend time with your loved ones. Though it’s helpful to spend some time to reflect on your own after a break up, this is not the time to spend all of your time alone. Instead, lean on your friends and family and spend as much time with others as you can. Though the last thing you want to do may be to go to a party, force yourself out and try to have some fun.
Though you should spend more time alone during a more standard breakup, spending a lot of time alone after ending a manipulative or controlling relationship will make you more likely to want to go back to your ex.
Your friends and family are your support system. Talk to them about how bad the relationship was — having them confirm your thoughts will make you feel stronger.
Don’t be afraid to reach out. Maybe you lost touch with some close friends because of your controlling partner. Just be honest and say you know you made a mistake for cutting your friends out of your life, and they should take you back.
Stay busy. If you spend all of your time wallowing in your room or watching TV by yourself in the dark, you’ll never be able to get over the relationship. Try to stay as busy as you can by hanging out with friends, pursuing your interests, and immersing yourself in your work or studies. You can even find a new hobby to try to pursue on your own, which will give more meaning to your life.
Whatever you do, just try to get out of the house. This will make you feel less alone, even if you’re only reading by yourself in a coffee shop.
Plan your week. Leave some time for reflection, but make sure you have something to look forward to every day.
Think of this as an opportunity to try something you never got to do with your ex. Maybe he hated something as simple as eating sushi or going to the movies — do those things to your heart’s content.
Think of how much happier you are. This part may take a while, but you’ll slowly see how much better you are on your own and away from the terrible relationship. Every night before you go to bed, think of one thing that you’re now able to do away from the relationship. You can even make a list of all of the ways that your life is better and how great it is to feel in control of your thoughts and actions.
Whenever you have a moment of weakness, review this list, or recite all of the reasons why your life is better. Give it time and you’ll see that you were right for being brave and making the right choice.
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