Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder (OCPD) “is a preoccupation with orderliness, perfectionism, and mental and interpersonal control, at the expense of flexibility, openness, and efficiency” (DSM-IV-TR, 2000).
Individuals with OCPD want things done their way and only their way, they would rather take on an entire project on their own than delegate any part of it out to other people. They may hold onto money instead of spending it, in an Ebenezer Scrooge sort of fashion.
People with OCPD would rather work than be with friends, would prefer to argue their points to make people believe them rather than engage in a friendly discussion, and are so focused on details that they often do not enjoy the activities that they do (they will only see flaws in a project instead of the fact that everyone else loves the work).
People with OCPD attempt to get a great deal of things done, but often, because they get so bogged down in the details and do not ask for help, they fail to meet deadlines or constantly seek extensions. At the same time, they get frustrated when people try to give them advice or if people get angry at them for not trying an “easier” way.
People with OCPD may also see themselves as having to be better than others, needing to take the high ground morally in all areas and seeing others who do not hold the same values as weak or below them. They are rigid, seeing only their way as the correct way.