Building a Stronger Sense of Trust with Your Partner

43: Boundaries with Control

Freedom and love are the foundation of a good marriage, so why do some people seek to control their spouses? What does control look like? And if you’re the controlling spouse, is it too late to break this damaging habit?

These are some of the questions that we’re answering in this episode. We’re taking a look at some of the different ways we try to control each other in marriage (sometimes without even realizing we’re doing it!)

If you recognize yourself in any of the dynamics I’m describing in this episode, I want you to think about what you can do to change. I’m offering some solutions at the end, so make sure you stay tuned to hear some ideas on what you can do to break controlling habits. 

In This Episode, You’ll Discover:

  • How to spot patterns of behavior that center on control
  • How spouses guilt each other
  • Different forms of showing anger
  • What it looks like to assault your spouse’s boundaries
  • Why it’s time to give up attempts to control your spouse
  • A reality that you have to accept so you can stop controlling your spouse
  • Why you need to find other sources of love than just your spouse 
  • How to end controlling behavior 

Hope is still on the horizon if you listen, learn, and take action. It’s not too late to learn to place a higher value on love and take action to examine yourself. Unlock the reasons for your controlling behavior and resolve to change to be the person your spouse will cherish and love.

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