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Season 2/Episode 17: Signs That You’re a Puppet Master

In All Seriousness

It’s All About Control

In this week’s episode, Jill and Tony discussed their definition of “puppet master” and debated who that is in their relationship.

Tony said Jill is a puppet master, but he claimed that the term can be a positive one.

Jill disagreed.

Tony told listeners that if they’re with a positive puppet master–if there is such a thing–then they should resist fighting it and embrace that the other person has their best interests at heart.

Jill said if you’re ever accused of being a puppet master, then you should reflect on why they find you controlling. Fix it, if that’s truly the case.

Both Jill and Tony have more advice:

  • Realize that the only person you can truly control is yourself
  • Determine the real reason why your partner or loved one is telling you what to do
  • If you’re the one who consistently tells your partner what to do, reflect on your real reasons behind your actions

Is there a puppet master in your relationship? Have you ever been in a relationship with someone who tried to control you? Tell us about it in the comment section.

Thanks for listening.


6 comments on “Season 2/Episode 17: Signs That You’re a Puppet Master

  1. Mary Ellen Vogel says:

    Yes, I’m in a relationship with a puppet master and so is Denis. You should see Denis’s puppet imitation—of course he didn’t mean that I was pulling his strings—oh know, of course not. Hahaha.

    Denis and I both have control issues–but about different things. With Denis it’s finance, and with me it’s keeping order in the house. In some ways it’s good that we like to control different aspects of life because maybe we keep each other on track. So being controlled can be a good thing. I guess it depends who is doing the controlling and what they are controlling. The term “puppet master” is a bit strong because it conjures malevolent intent, but it’s amusing to call our spouses puppet masters, I think.

    1. @jillccwrites2 says:

      Your post made us laugh. Hahahha! You make excellent points about when controlling behavior is a good thing. The next time we see you, we’d love to see Denis’s puppet imitation.

    2. Mary Ellen Vogel says:

      Opps–I see I used the wrong know/no! How embarrassing.

      1. @jillccwrites2 says:

        It’s all good.

  2. Mary Ellen Vogel says:

    I imagine that’s what you were laughing at. BooHoo.

    1. @jillccwrites2 says:

      No, we were laughing at your first sentence. 😊

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