Few ideas of Freud's stand more discredited than his claim about the importance of bowel control in the formation of personality. It arose in an era when families were large and indoor plumbing was new, argues the psychoanalyst Robert Galatzer-Levy : bowel-related matters probably did figure centrally in the life of young Sigmund, as he waited for his siblings to finish in the bathroom. Critics of Freud have suggested that he often constructed his supposedly universal theories on similarly shaky ground, but I think we all know they're just suffering from repressed attraction to their mothers. One sad legacy of "anal retentiveness" is that it has cast suspicion on the simple pleasures of being a neat freak. Speaking as a person who enjoys arranging my groceries on the supermarket belt so as to use the space in an optimal fashion, I've been thrilled to witness the recent awakening of neat pride.
Top 5 signs you are anal-retentive
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.
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But the dog knows when I take her out in the morning that I want her to poop. Pepper knows every family member by name and can be sent to go get any of them on command. She knows all of her toys. None of this is rocket science, especially with the Hound of Heidelberg. Just say a word over and over, giving her a liver nugget each time, until she shows you that she knows what the word means.