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Description of an anal personality

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An anal retentive person is a person who pays such attention to detail that it becomes an obsession and may be an annoyance to others. In Freudian psychology, the anal stage is said to follow the oral stage of infant or early-childhood development. This is a time when an infant's attention moves from oral stimulation to anal stimulation usually the bowels but occasionally the bladder , usually synchronous with learning to control their excretory functions—in other words, any form of child training and not specifically linked to toilet training. Freud posited that children who experience conflicts, in which libido energy is under-indulged during this period of time, and the child is perhaps too strongly chastised for toilet-training accidents, may develop "anal retentive" fixations or personality traits. These traits are associated with a child's efforts at excretory control: orderliness, stubbornness, and compulsions for control. Freud's theories on early childhood have been influential on the psychological community; the phrase anal retentive and the term anal survive in common usage.

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