The term anal-retentive or anally retentive is one of a variety of examples of Freudian terminology that have found their way into common usage with a slight shift in the original meaning. In common usage, the phrases "anally retentive," "anal-retentive" or "anal" are used to describe a certain style of behavior, and it is implied that this is due to a person clenching their anal sphincter, causing retention of feces. This is not necessarily literally the case, nor usually even intended literally. A person characterized as anal-retentive is perceived as worrying excessively about "passing feces": little details of fecal consistency, color and aroma or as otherwise being overly uptight or distressed over ordinarily normal evacuation. Today, however, the term is often used of anybody seen as overly worried about small details and unable to adopt a philosophical attitude toward mistakes. This metaphorical usage has become so commonplace that the somewhat graphic literal meaning of the phrase is often overlooked by those using it. Another term used in a similar context is "hair-splitting.
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Why Am I So Anal? | Psychology Today
The anal stage is the second stage in Sigmund Freud 's theory of psychosexual development , lasting from age 18 months to three years. According to Freud, the anus is the primary erogenous zone and pleasure is derived from controlling bladder and bowel movement. The major conflict issue during this stage is toilet training. A fixation at this stage can result in a personality that is too rigid or one that is too disordered. According to Freud's theory, personality developed through a series of stages throughout childhood. These stages are focused on erogenous areas.
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Also use the flip side of post-it notes to guarantee maximum paper usage 2. Actually I set the clocks in my apartment in a cascade, each a few minutes faster than the next, so that I always have a little more time than I think in my morning routine. Not sure if that is better or worse. My brother in law will only use 1 color of pegs on each of the 4 sides of the clothes line. You are definitely not allowed to mix up the colors!!