anal retentive

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Synonyms for anal retentive

a stage in psychosexual development when the child's interest is concentrated on the anal region

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The next five chapters are collected together under the heading "Evolving Incarnations." Chapter 3 gives attention to the oral and anal fixations in the writings and the artwork of the Middle Ages.
In such works as Life Is like a Chicken Coop Ladder, 'Into the Endzone for a Touchdown', and Two Tales of Crow and Sparrow, Dundes argued that folklore is frequently the expression of psychosexual impulses such as latent homosexuality or oral and anal fixations. These arguments were controversial, and Dundes gained in notoriety through his ability steadfastly to defend premises that many found not only unlikely, but reductive and even offensive.
All the vague allusions to oral and anal fixations, the specious bandying about of terms like "repression," "compulsion," and "fetish," the detection of penises, vaginas, and breasts in every artwork--it's painful to read, not because of the uncomfortable psychic truths it turns up, but because it's so full of bad causal reasoning and outmoded shrink jargon.