Sensing that you are either holding yourself back in relationships or endeavours, or you are too formal; anxiety or tension.
1- Stiffness in dreams would suggest some anxiety or tension is present. There is a holding back of energy that is causing rigidity.
2- To be stiff with someone is to be reserved and withdrawn, probably through shyness but possibly through anger.
A stiff exterior would suggest a judgmental attitude.
3- At certain stages of spiritual development, discipline can appear as stiffness.
(see Lameness, Numbness, Paralyzation)
A circumstantial dream that comes from sleeping in an uncomfortable position.
Arrogant, strict, and uncompromising attitudes exhibited by yourself or others.
Because stiffness impedes your ability to move, this can be an alternative type of obstacle dream.