with regard to psychoanalytic standards, a level of the anal stage characterized by enjoyment experienced by holding onto bodily waste and defying the mother or father- this sadist intuition is correlated with ownership and regulation of the item or matter. obsession at this level generally depicts that the child will grow to have anal characteristics as an adult.

ANAL-RETENTIVE PHASE: "The anal-retentive phase is experienced by all children and is generally brief in most."
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