In theory, bad scientific ideas are abandoned and replaced by better ones. We no longer believe living things are animated by a vital force or that combustible matter contains phlogiston. Sometimes, though, ideas are abandoned too soon. They may simply become unfashionable or contain a germ of truth that is wrapped in a husk of error. In this case, the baby may have been thrown out with its soiled bathwater. Orderliness refers to excessive conscientiousness and a concern with neatness and cleanliness.
Leaving the past behind: what became of the anal personality?
To save this word, you'll need to log in. Log In Definition of anal character : a personality type characterized by a predilection for anal eroticism or by its symbolic manifestations as excessive neatness, acquisitiveness, miserliness, self-discipline, pedantry, and obstinacy Love words? Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with: More than , words that aren't in our free dictionary Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes Advanced search features Ad free! Join Our Free Trial Now! First Known Use of anal character , in the meaning defined above Keep scrolling for more Learn More about anal character Share anal character Post the Definition of anal character to Facebook Share the Definition of anal character on Twitter Time Traveler for anal character. See more words from the same year Dictionary Entries near anal character analabos anal angle anal area anal character analcime analcime basalt analcimite.
In psychoanalysis, a personality pattern determined by fixation 2 at the anal stage and characterized by the adult personality traits of orderliness, frugality, and obstinacy, sometimes called the three P s: pedantry, parsimony, and petulance. Also called the anal personality. See anal triad. See also obsessive-compulsive personality disorder.
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.