oral character


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oral character

(in psychoanalysis) a kind of personality that exhibits patterns of behavior originating in the first phase of infancy, the oral stage. This personality is characterized by optimism, self-confidence, and carefree generosity reflecting the pleasurable aspects of the stage; or pessimism, futility, anxiety, and sadism as manifestations of frustrations or conflicts occurring during the period. See also oral eroticism, psychosexual development.
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He discusses the oral character of Southern culture, a poetics of Southern orality, pattern and structure, and epistemology and psychodynamics.
The oral character of the Spiritual Exercises became evident to me when I first picked up the book of the Exercises.
See Joyce Irene Middleton, who concludes that "Morrison privileges orality so that her readers can hear and feel the unique oral character of African American language use and see how the survival of cultural consciousness, or nomos, is preserved in a highly literate culture" (29).
Under the program, law school deans are supposed to certify student interns are of good oral character and have taken a clinical training course.