A controlling partner feels weak and inadequate – hence the need to dominate.

It is the weakest not the strongest partner who controls a relationship. Do not confuse domineering and bullying behaviour, or emotional over-reaction and manipulation, as strength. It is, more often than not, the compliant, compromising, or silently-suffering partner who is the strongest – because they are trying to handle things without intending to exert control. […]

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