Dream Interpretation

Highly sensitive people tend to have vivid dreams as a result of their inborn imaginational overexcitability. When these dreamers are also gifted with strong logical reasoning skills, they make great dream interpreters.

People with OCPD have a gift for dream interpretation.

Many people with OCPD become too good at controlling their environment that they hardly get a chance to face their fears while they are awake. After a prolonged period of repeatedly exercising their control, their preventive methods become second nature to them (compulsions). Consequently, many people with OCPD are unaware of their deeply hidden fears.

However, dreams are times when people with OCPD must experience life without having any control over it. They are forced to face their deeply hidden fears and desires. The emotions that follow are real; the dreamer is likely to feel the same emotions if he or she were to experience the same scenario in real life.

After waking up, if they can remember the different scenarios, outcomes, and emotions of their dreams, people with OCPD can then begin the process of logical reasoning to deduce some conclusive meaning. They may ask themselves a series of questions to lead them to their final answer: “Why did I feel rejected by this character in my dream?” “Who does this character in my dream represent in my life?” “What event in my life led me to develop a fear of rejection from this people group?” Once people with OCPD have uncovered their deeply hidden fears and desires, they can then move onto making the appropriate adjustments in their real life.

This gift for the interpretation of dreams is not just self-serving. People with OCPD can use the same skills to help others interpret their dreams as well. But since the same scenario can produce completely different emotions in different people, people with OCPD must ask more questions to understand and interpret the dreams of others.


Practice. Have a notebook within arm’s reach from where you sleep so that you can easily write down the details of your dreams while they are fresh in your memory after you wake up. The three most important details to remember: (1) What happened? (2) What did you do? (3) How did you feel?
Then try to interpret it.

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4 thoughts on “Dream Interpretation

  1. TJ says:

    I guess you have never grown up with an OCPD parent. While OCPD may be considered a gift by the person who has OCPD, I can tell you it is not considered a gift to other family members. If it is truly a gift then the person/parent would not make their child/children feel as if they are never good enough or “right” about anything. I am sorry to disagree, but I think you may have missed the mark on this one.

    • Daniel Kim says:

      Those who are hard on themselves are usually equally hard on others. IF people with OCPD give themselves “a little grace” (as clearly stated in my slogan and explained in more detail throughout my blog), they definitely can be some of the best parents. My blog focuses on the “IF.” But I understand how those who ignore the “IF” part altogether might be quick to judge that OCPD is not a gift.

  2. NA says:

    TJ one of my parents has OCPD and was EXTREMELY harsh on me (still is). Beat my confidence into the ground. Seriously bad. Im sure it was hard for you growing up, but I am pretty sure, by how sever my situation was, that it was worse than yours.

    But I took it a different way. You chose the path of a wimp, a victim and a whiner. You internalized it all and BELIEVED what that person said, took it to heart.

    I chose to use it to help me build emotional strength and confidence. Learned to ignore what anyone else says about me or to me unless I WANT to hear it. I only believe what I believe about myself, if someone else says something I dont believe about myself, it doesn’t bother me. If its true, I feel sorry for them for wanting to make another human feel bad about themselves or not having the social decency to know thats what they are doing.

    Also, if you have something you dont like about yourself, just change it. Try it out.

    • Daniel Kim says:

      I think it’s great that you were able to build your emotional strength and confidence out of your parent’s criticalness. That usually doesn’t happen. But I think that says more about your ability to make the best out of what you’re dealt with rather than how it is or is not a gift to grow up with an OCPD parent, no?

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