anal retentive

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anal retentive

n
(Psychoanalysis) a person who exhibits anal personality traits
adj
(Psychoanalysis) exhibiting anal personality traits
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Adj.1.anal retentive - a stage in psychosexual development when the child's interest is concentrated on the anal regionanal retentive - a stage in psychosexual development when the child's interest is concentrated on the anal region; fixation at this stage is said to result in orderliness, meanness, stubbornness, compulsiveness, etc.
depth psychology, psychoanalysis, analysis - a set of techniques for exploring underlying motives and a method of treating various mental disorders; based on the theories of Sigmund Freud; "his physician recommended psychoanalysis"
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I had never met Peter before and I was fraught with my usual preacher anal-retentiveness.
The sacred aside, Wery, who refuses to throw away anything from her studio, even every last drop of paint, fresh or dried, is far too busy to worry about school ties, whatever this might have to say about blowing the lid on anal-retentiveness.
On one level, Hornby's novels are anal-retentiveness elevated to the level of an art form but his characters do develop and achieve some form of self-knowledge while still recognising, in the words of Paul Simon, that 'after changes upon changes we are more or less the same.