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May 26, 2022

Freedom and Control

Freedom and Control

When you put the words “freedom” and “control” together in your mind’s eye, what thoughts come up? Some of my clients have shared a desire for “freedom” which, upon excavation, is a word that describes a desire for control, or at least self-control and autonomy. Let’s explore these concepts in this week’s episode!


In this episode you’ll learn:

  • My perspective on control and freedom, and why I think humans crave it
  • Why revealing your thoughts about what “control” and “freedom” mean to you can reduce stress and be a path to genuine playfulness
  • How you can use decisive decision making to boost your sense of freedom and control


Resources mentioned: 

  • “Why Losing Control Can Make You Happier” (Greater Good magazine by UC-Berkeley, Sept 2016)
  • “People Want Power Because They Want Autonomy” (The Atlantic, March 2016)
  • Gretchen Rubin’s Four Tendencies website
  • “I’m Free” by the Soup Dragons (YouTube


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