Psychiatric Hotline

Reply Wed 27 Nov, 2002 03:10 pm
Hello. Welcome to the Psychiatric Hotline.

If you are obsessive-compulsive, please press 1 repeatedly.

If you are co-dependent, please ask someone to press 2.

If you have multiple personalities, please press 3, 4, 5, and 6.

If you are paranoid-delusional, we know who you are and what you want. Just stay on the line so we can trace the call.

If you are schizophrenic, listen carefully and a little voice will tell you which number to press.

If you are manic-depressive, it doesn't matter which number you press. No one will answer.

If you are anxious, just start pressing numbers at random.

If you are phobic, don't press anything.

If you are anal-retentive, please hold.
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Reply Wed 27 Nov, 2002 03:33 pm
Monger I don't think anal retentive is supposed to have a hyphen.
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Reply Wed 27 Nov, 2002 04:10 pm
How illustrative of you.

(Course, it's not the anus that is retained, but the integrity of the closed sphincter. Perhaps is should be copraretentive? Or is that mixing dead languages, like television?)
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Reply Wed 27 Nov, 2002 09:36 pm
anal-retentive adj. Indicating personality traits, such as meticulousness, avarice, and obstinacy, originating in habits, attitudes, or values associated with infantile pleasure in retention of feces.
--American Heritage Dictionary
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Victor Murphy
Reply Sun 10 Sep, 2006 11:19 am
JoanneDorel wrote:
Monger I don't think anal retentive is supposed to have a hyphen.

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The term anal-retentive (or anally retentive) is essentially a vulgarism. "Retentive" has been added to an original Freudian term "anal," implying that any person so described is so uptight they have difficulty defecating.
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