I am neither strong nor anal about the ‘group system’ which, incidentally, and frankly, I think is quite a mess.
The anal stage (which Freud says has a lot to do with toilet training) is associated with expelling things, with learning boundaries between inside and outside, and with aggression and anger.
Some cases of piles respond to stretching the anus, under anaesthetic, which is thought to relieve the spasm of the anal sphincter and so reduce pressure in the anus.
Or we can think of the anal stage of development as an attempt to control biological urges with the new surging power of symbolic meaning and mastery.
I am simply not anal or autistic enough to beat the people who really love this game.
I'm so anal about timekeeping that I almost experience physical pleasure when I get it spot on, which is 99% of the time.
Being anal about it is a disturbing and somewhat disgusting image.
I'm so anal , I am not satisfied that one person said ‘That's not what anal means’ I have to take the next step and explain it.
I know he is anal about his research from past years, so it would be a good place to start.
We all know about wishful thinking, about denial and defence mechanisms, repression, narcissism, Freudian slips and the anal personality.