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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Bolton moves precisely from an initial anal fixation back to an obsessively oral one--the standard path of "perversion" as mapped out by Freud.
In one set of photographs, birds come to embody a certain brute stupidity (not entirely alien to our own condition); this series of avian riffs evokes, rather incongruously, anal fixation. In these images stuffed simulacra of our feathered friends slip into each other's anuses, or, guided by a faulty homing instinct, look for their young in the artists' sphincters, as if they had mistaken them for their nests.
Unspooling like a Freudian wet dream, complete with anal fixation, Oedipal conflicts, possible child molestation and a transsexual title character, "Agnes and His Brothers" reps a Teutonic version of "American Beauty" with added dysfunctionality.