With regard to psychoanalytic theory, a character style marked by stubbornness, both passive and aggressive resistance, and rebellion. These characteristics are thought to result from the anal stage of development, wherein the youth contended themselves by retaining bodily waste. Passive-aggressive personality disorder a personality disorder whose essential features are resistance to the demands of others that is expressed indirectly under the cover of obstructionism, procrastination, stubbornness, dawdling, forgetfulness, and intentional inefficiency combined with negative, defeatist attitudes. They are generally passive, needy and sensitive to rejection. The oral aggressive personality is hostile and verbally abusive to others, using mouth-based aggression. Anal fixation, which may be caused by too much punishment during toilet training, has two possible outcomes. Passive-aggressive personality disorder a personality disorder whose essential features are resistance to the demands of others that is expressed indirectly under the cover of obstructionism, procrastination, stubbornness, dawdling, forgetfulness, and intentional inefficiency combined with negative, defeatist attitudes. that physicians, as a breed, are a passive aggressive bunch. I always found the internists to be the biggest nitpickers, but ive worked with a few pediatricians who were the same way (once worked with a cardiologist who, while doing gen peds floor attending on the weekend, made rounds last four hours for five patients.). Anal retentive (new section) i wish there were twenty readers who would all list their understanding of anal retentive, so that we could see a spectrum of thinly divided choices. Then to come to a generalized understanding of the term anal retentive. Formerly associated with a particular psychological disorder stemming from years of percieved underappreciation and bitterness. A character flaw brought on by a persons inability to deal with their own bitterness, anger, or resentment in an assertive manner, thus, becoming a more passive form of hostility. His life work gave us a new understanding of human behavior and mental illness and such was his influence that today his ideas are interwoven into our everyday language as we refer to ego, defensiveness, repression, denial, mommy and daddy issues, death wish, phallic symbols, someone being passive-aggressive or anal retentive or simply when we refer to freudian slips of the tongue. Passive aggressive gifts are like beautiful unicorns that need to be nurtured before theyre ready to be unleashed into the world.