First of all, sorry I don't post here more often. I spent years in the forum game (as an admin of my own at one point) but I think I've grown out of it. Just the same, I probably respect this group's opinion more than others on the topic.
I've attempted posting about this a few times, but it never really got much attention, so I'd like to give it another shot now and see if this has become a more recognized group. What little research I have done hasn't turned up very much.
As I've said before, I never quite identified with "AB" or "DL", don't get me wrong though, I have MANY characteristics of each. What's more is that the more time I spent among these groups, the more I began to experiment and found that I enjoyed that side of things as well. But all things aside, my fixation always was and seems as though it always will be on potty training.
I never quite realized how much of an influence potty training had on me (personally, I'm a fan of Freud, but it won't hurt my feelings if you disagree lol) but I've begun to feel as though a lot of my free spirited tendencies were rooted in the power struggle I went through while being trained.
It wasn't so much that I didn't want to train, it's that I wanted to do things MY way, a frame of mind I still hold today and one I hope to hold forever. If you want to know the more technical details of how my fixation developed, you can look at some of my previous posts, but I decided that I wanted to make a rough outline of exactly what I identify as.
For lack of better terms, I'll refer to it as "Trainer" for the time being. For all I know, maybe a term has already been identified, not to mention the correct terminology here would be "Trainee" but hey, I like the Pokémon ring it has to it. lol
A Trainer would exhibit the following qualities:
*Exhibits a desire for "training pants" as opposed to "diapers"
*Desires to undergo both the potty training phase and training itself
*Experiences pleasure from feeling like a "big kid"
*Can still experience pleasure from wetting/messing but only as an "accident"
*High comes from the confidence of control/being a good boy (girl)
I could probably get more in depth, but this is just an outline, not really a thesis. The best way I could describe my fantasy would be the idealized world depicted in Pull Ups commercials. A world in which children don't only want to leave diapers behind and potty train immediately, but instantly master it and mature into big kids out on their big wheels lol
Anyway, if this constitutes as a "repeat" post, or if it just seems totally out there, feel free to remove it. But it seems to me that as time goes on, and groups like these become (slightly) more mainstream, then the more outlying individuals such as myself will begin to appear, and we could possibly have a better understanding of our minority within a minority.
Appreciate all feedback.