anal retentive


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Related to anal retentive: Obsessive compulsive disorder, Type A personality, Oral fixation

anal retentive

Psychiatry
adjective Referring to a person with an “anal personality”, who, according to classic Freudian psychoanalysis, has traits that arose in the anal phase of psychosexual development, in which defecation constituted the primary source of pleasure and retention of faeces is viewed as a manifestation of defiance to a parent figure.
 
Vox populi
adjective A popular term referring to an anal-retentive person, who is obstinate, rigid, meticulous, compulsive and overly conscientious.
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Only two years left (three, if you're anal retentive and believe the millennium doesn't begin until Jan.
She says I am obsessive, I have fixations, I'm an anal retentive .