Over-compensation



[oh-ver-kom-puh n-sey-shuh n] /ˈoʊ vərˌkɒm pənˈseɪ ʃən/

noun, Psychoanalysis.
1.
a pronounced striving to neutralize and conceal a strong but unacceptable character trait by substituting for it an opposite trait.
2.
compensation to an unnecessary or unreasonable degree:
The pay was overcompensation for the work done.
/ˌəʊvəˌkɒmpɛnˈseɪʃən/
noun
1.
(psychol) an attempt to make up for a character trait by overexaggerating its opposite
n.

1917 in the psychological sense, translating German überkompensation, from over- + compensation. A term used by A. Alder to denote exaggerated striving for power in someone who has an inner sense of inferiority.

overcompensation o·ver·com·pen·sa·tion (ō’vər-kŏm’pən-sā’shən)
n.

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