Most people use the term "anal retentive", but
few know its origin.
Dr. Sigmund Freud used it in
relation to children who experienced stress or conflict while they were potty training.
He theorized that they develop personality traits such as a strong
need for order, stubbornness, or a need to control. As adults,
these individuals are often obstinate, meticulous, frugal, or
One website which pokes fun at
anal retentive individuals says you might be anal retentive
- Eat M&Ms in color order
- Fold your dirty clothes before
putting them in the hamper
- Have all boxes in your kitchen
facing the same way
- Alphabetize your spices
- Spell check every email reply
Another website describes a
t-shirt that reads "You are anal retentive if you wonder if
there should be a hyphen."
At the opposite extreme is the
anal expulsive personality. They tend to be disorganized,
reckless, careless, and defiant.
Freud theorized that the parents
of these individuals didn't demand that their children get it
right, and that this can lead to a more lax personality as an
Anal expulsive individuals can
exhibit emotional outbursts and outright cruelty.
While I doubt anyone folds their
dirty laundry before putting it in the hamper, organizing your
kitchen and closet are not bad.
And as far as spell checking your
emails, consider that 75% of all jobs that pay over $100,000 a
year are never advertised and are filled by referral. Would you
hire someone who canít spell to fill a six figure job opening?
In order to practice the three
cardinal rules of management of Document, Document, Document,
you have to be reasonably organized.
If your employees donít think
youíre a little anal retentive, chances are that youíre not anal
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