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.
SO WHAT NOW?
HOW TO GET BETTER AT INTERPRETING DREAMS:
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.