receptive orientation

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In neo-Freudian theory, a term used by the German-born US psychoanalyst Erich Fromm (1900–80) to denote a passive-dependent character type who leans on authority for knowledge and help, and on people in general for support, usually accompanied by a chronic inability to say no to requests and an inordinate fondness for food and drink. Compare exploitative orientation, hoarding orientation, marketing orientation, productive orientation.

Subjects: Psychology.

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