What is the personality of lucid dreamers?

A number of studies associate lucid dreaming with increased mental health and self-confidence in individuals (1). Other studies see lucid dreamers as 'socially bold, dominant, experimenting, enthusiastic, and warm (2)'.

According to others, lucid dreamers are more creative than the average people (3) and more resilient when facing traumatic stressors (4).

One personality trait, hypnotizability or the 'openness to experience' has also been positively-linked to the frequency of lucid dreaming.

Another experiment concluded that lucid dreamers are smarter than the average person.


1. Doll, E., Gittler, G., & Holzinger, B. (2009). Dreaming, lucid dreaming and personality. International Journal of Dream Research, 2(2), 52–57. https://doi.org/10.11588/ijodr.2009.2.142

2. Gruber, R. E., Steffen, J. J., & Vonderhaar, S. P. (1995). Lucid dreaming, waking personality and cognitive development. Dreaming, 5(1), 1–12. https://doi.org/10.1037/h0094419

3. Blagrove, M., & Hartnell, S. (2000). Lucid dreaming: associations with internal locus of control, need for cognition and creativity. Personality and Individual Differences, 28(1), 41–47. https://doi.org/10.1016/s0191-8869(99)00078-1

4. Soffer‐Dudek, N., Wertheim, R., & Shahar, G. (2011). Lucid dreaming and resilience in the face of exposure to terrorism. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 24(1), 125–128. https://doi.org/10.1002/jts.20601

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