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#284718 - 09/10/06 03:01 PM ''I am NO a control freak!'
Landus Offline

Registered: 12/28/05
Posts: 373
Loc: UK
On the way back from holiay I was reading an article about control freaks. In the article it says that in general, control freaks check their emails for spelling mistakes, comment on how others arrange their furniture and even take over from a 5 year old building a lego castle.

I hate the fact I sometimes correct people, the need to finish their sentences, check my posts for spellings and make sure it's all nice and tidy. well screw it

from now on im gonna let myself make a few mistakes! what harm is in it

Apparently by letting yourself have a few errors you can decrease how much of a control freak you are. For some people control is essential and can lead to misery, bitterniss and other bad stuff.

Here's a basic test taken from the article, I'm curious as to what all your results are. I think i'm somewhere all over the place so lets just say i'm a balanced to moderate control freak.

1. You're in a car, being driven by someone. Do you:
a) sit back and enjoy the ride?
b) feel the urge to brake sometimes?
c) tell them to pull over and give you the wheel?

2. Your child/friend is building a house with lego bricks. Do you:
a) let him or her get on with it?
b) offer the odd constructive comment?
c) take over and teach him how to build the darn thing?

3. You're sending an email. Do you:
a) fire and forget?
b) reading it through once to check it makes sense?
c) spell-check it, grammar-check it and re-jog it several times before sending?

a) your partner offers to help with cleaning. do you:
a) say, 'fantastic' and relax with a book?
b) check they're okay halfway through and offer to help if necessary?
c) stand over them every step of the way, then grav the hoover to make sure the corners get done properly?

MOSTLY A'S: you're a laid-back creature without a hint of controlling behaviour. but make sure you don't becoem a doormat. stand up for your opinions.

MOSTLY B'S: you're pretty balanced. you like a certain amount of control but don't let it take over. keep on this track and you won't go far wrong.

MOSTLY C'S: Ouch. You make Bree look like a slob. this kind of behaviour can hurt your relationships and your health.

#284719 - 09/10/06 03:13 PM Re: ''I am NO a control freak!' [Re: Landus]
Dereck Offline

Registered: 10/04/04
Posts: 10416
Loc: Great White North
Inconclusive. I got all B's but I know that I am a borderline control freak. Everything has its place and should be neat and tidy. Everybody should be working and it drives me nuts when they aren't. Things are suppose to be done a certain way and it drives me flipping nuts when it isn't and sometimes I will even have to redo it. I've gotten more relaxed as I've gotten older and shrug my shoulders and figure what the hell ... but it eats me a bit still.

#284720 - 09/11/06 02:51 PM Re: ''I am NO a control freak!' [Re: Dereck]
TimBlack Offline

Registered: 05/10/05
Posts: 1403
Loc: UK, Brighton
*cough* shouldn't it be "*NOT* a control freak!" ... or was that a cunning trap designed to trap the closet control freak? I'm so confused!
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#284721 - 09/11/06 03:32 PM Re: ''I am NO a control freak!' [Re: Landus]
MattJ Offline
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Registered: 11/25/04
Posts: 15634
Loc: York PA. USA
All B's for me as well. Like Dereck though, I know I am closer to a control freak than not.
"In case you ever wondered what it's like to be knocked out, it's like waking up from a nightmare only to discover it wasn't a dream." -Forrest Griffin

#284722 - 09/11/06 03:44 PM Re: ''I am NO a control freak!' [Re: MattJ]
RazorFoot Offline
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Registered: 12/01/04
Posts: 2064
Loc: Seated at the computer, DUH
Some A's and some B's. Do what you want. If I dont like it, I can fix it later. No worries dude.
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#284723 - 09/11/06 10:53 PM Re: ''I am NO a control freak!' [Re: Landus]
Mr_Heretik Offline

Registered: 05/20/05
Posts: 1074
Loc: Bronx NY, USA
1: A)
2: A)
3: C)
4: B)

I don't really consider myself a control freak....

#284724 - 09/12/06 08:06 AM Re: ''I am NO a control freak!' [Re: Mr_Heretik]
BrianS Offline
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Registered: 11/04/05
Posts: 5959
Loc: Northwest Arkansas
I'm not a control freak. I just freak out when I don't have control. _
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#284725 - 09/12/06 04:28 PM Re: ''I am NO a control freak!' [Re: BrianS]
QuietGal Offline

Registered: 05/24/05
Posts: 177
Loc: Missouri
Not very conclusive/accurate. I came up with Bs. I know I'm a massive control freak and have to fight it everyday...complete with mild OCD characteristics. My poor husband (but he's one too so we have a clean house and my sock drawer is always straight).
QuietGal "I'm torn between the desire to create and the desire to destroy." - Lucy Van Pelt

#284726 - 09/13/06 01:23 PM Re: ''I am NO a control freak!' [Re: QuietGal]
Landus Offline

Registered: 12/28/05
Posts: 373
Loc: UK
Lol, some interesting responces. I guess I have mild OCD habbits as well, I wash my hands a lot. I wouldn't call it a trap Tim but it wad intentional, you super-dooper control freak


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