Thanks to a reader, Jennifer, for her comment on how Eric’s intolerance for clutter could be seen as controlling. It made me think of the correlation between abusive relationships and depression. While I’m happy to report that my marriage is relatively healthy (with some issues like every couple has), I have in the past been in verbally abusive relationships that were extremely detrimental to my self-esteem, and have seen countless family members and friends go down that road.
Here’s an article I found on that topic, “Depression and Verbal Abuse,” which gives you a list of red flags to look for.
And thanks for all your comments! Keep them coming. I am working on getting answers to all the questions posted. I hear you!