Dating after a controlling relationship

As you take the first tentative steps to begin dating after a controlling relationship, there are some important signs to recognize before you get too involved. Is this charming new person in your life sidetracking you from the goals or values you have?

Does your new love interest resent the time you spend with your family? While it is normal for you to have "couple" friends, a sign of being involved with a control freak is that they will try to isolate you. Do you find yourself apologizing for something you didn't do?

Perhaps you haven't given yourself enough time to heal.

Consider doing things that will boost your own self esteem.

Patty advised that you should listen to affirmations when you are getting ready, out for a walk or traveling to work because they will start to have a positive effect on your understanding that you are deserving of respect.

'Jot down a few positive aspects about yourself on a daily basis and keep re-reading them,' she added.

For a manipulator to control the relationship, you must be willing to be controlled.