anal retentive


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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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"It takes an anal retentive to do these things properly," says Hayman, who now helps other citizens appeal.
While Simon plays the anal retentive characters in Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, Nick plays the laidback fun-loving ones, and in real life they are the complete opposites.
Attempting to honor his father's memory, anal retentive control freak Jonathan Steinbloom (Bob Balaban) organizes a tribute concert at New York City Town Hall to reunite the man's key acts for the first time in decades.
When she talks about some city employee coming up with a "excremental impact study," I shiver to think that she calls the employee "anal retentive." I wonder who is really anal retentive.
A top psychologist consulted by the Scurra described him as "obsessional" and "anal retentive" and he was even asked to slow down by Tory whips.