anal retentive

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Related to Anal retentiveness: Type A personality, ANUL, Oral fixation, Obsessive compulsive
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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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Not to stereotype accountants, but it's good to have that anal retentiveness in the way that we look at stocks," says Fort.
Indeed, I would like to see a Freudian interpretation of social values related to constipation that particularly explores anal retentiveness and the use of dilators, vibrators and colonic irrigation as methods of prevention and cure.
A logical extension of Epstein's argument is that plugging is an example of anal retentiveness, of the 'compulsion' to hoard carried to extremes, which is less satisfactory as an explanation.
What drives students to buy summaries and outlines are often the qualities that got them to law school in the first place: a mix of competitiveness and anal retentiveness.