oral character

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In psychoanalysis, a personality pattern determined by fixation (2) in early childhood at the oral stage, such a person being extremely dependent on others for maintenance of self-esteem and tending to relieve stress and depression by eating, drinking, talking, or smoking. Also called the oral personality or oral-passive character. See also oral-aggressive character, oral dependence.

Subjects: Psychology.

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