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.
Under the program, law school deans are supposed to certify student interns are of good oral character and have taken a clinical training course.
d) The extemporaneous and oral character of Augustine's catechesis, always attendant upon antecedent prayer (see de doctrina christiana 4, 25, 32 and 4, 30, 63) has much to teach us.
These have been preserved in their oral character and are divided into seventeen subsections under eighty-five different topics.
The available evidence suggests that the distinctive oral characters found in living forms, such as Scaphechinus and Echinarachnius, can also be recognized in extinct Mio-Pliocene forms, such as Astrodapsis, Remondella, Vaquerosella, and Kewia.
It is possible to predict these effects, and to compare them with the actual oral characters that occur in adult dendrasterids.
In theory, apical eccentricity can be derived in the same manner as the oral characters described above, by suppressing the second phase of unequal growth.