anal retentive


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Related to anal retentive: Obsessive compulsive disorder, Type A personality, Oral fixation

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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ZINE GEEKS--often fastidious and overly anal retentive collectors of trivia and worthless tidbits who seek to foul the postal service with their ridiculous rants and musings about the boring minutiae of their everyday lives.
The city of Los Angeles does not need another ``White Tower'' filled with anal retentive bureaucrats.