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 will also admit, full heartedly, I am anal retentive. I remember when all my VHS tapes were in alphabetical order.
No wonder when he's having a colonos copy, the anal retentive, middle-aged stick-in-the-mud's heart stops.
Brandow, a noted New York journalist and essayist, discusses the first 30 years of New York City's "poop scoop" law, noting how it still stirs up arguments about sanitation standards, libertarianism and even anal retentive behavior.
Since my anal retentive FSDO office doesn't like to do field approvals, I had to put my old antenna and my old Garmin back in again.
Jonathan has a large wall pinned with ancestral artifacts that identifies him as an anal retentive of the first order.