anal retentive personality

noun
(psychoanalysis) a personality characterized by meticulous neatness and suspicion and reserve; said to be formed in early childhood by fixation during the anal stage of development (usually as a consequence of toilet training)
Syn: ↑anal personality
Hypernyms: ↑personality

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