How to Stop Being a Control Freak

The desire for control is a form of perfectionism, and we can alleviate it by learning to embrace uncertainty.

Last autumn, horrific wildfires raged near our home. People we knew were losing their houses left and right. In the midst of disaster, I had to leave town for work.

To make myself feel better, I typed up three single-spaced pages of detailed instructions for what my family should do in case of fire or earthquake. Which I then laminated. And posted in each of my kids’ bedrooms.

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This article originally appeared on Greater Good, the online magazine of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley.

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09/04/2018
The desire for control is a form of perfectionism, and we can alleviate it by learning to embrace uncertainty. Last autumn, horrific wildfires raged near our home. People we knew were losing their... read more
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03/13/2017
by Sylvain Lamoureux, Contributor | Waking Times “If there was such a thing as a global awakening visible we would have seen a massive and exponentially growing number of global... read more
Perfectly aligned desk supplies on white desktop
09/04/2018
The desire for control is a form of perfectionism, and we can alleviate it by learning to embrace uncertainty. Last autumn, horrific wildfires raged near our home. People we knew were losing their... read more
Close up black and white image of man's face with colorized iris.
03/13/2017
by Sylvain Lamoureux, Contributor | Waking Times “If there was such a thing as a global awakening visible we would have seen a massive and exponentially growing number of global... read more