overcompensation (n.) 1917 in the psychological sense, translating Ger. überkompensation, from OVER (Cf. over) + COMPENSATION (Cf. compensation). A term used by A. Alder to denote exaggerated striving for power in someone who has an inner sense of inferiority.

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  • overcompensation — n. (in psychology) the situation in which a person tries to overcome a disability by making greater efforts than are required. This may result in the person becoming extremely efficient in what he (or she) is trying to achieve; alternatively,… …   The new mediacal dictionary

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  • overcompensation — overcompensate ► VERB ▪ take excessive measures to compensate for something. DERIVATIVES overcompensation noun overcompensatory adjective …   English terms dictionary

  • overcompensation — noun Date: 1912 excessive compensation; specifically excessive reaction to a feeling of inferiority, guilt, or inadequacy leading to an exaggerated attempt to overcome the feeling • overcompensate verb • overcompensatory adjective …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • overcompensation — noun a) An excess amount provided in one area in an effort to overcome a perceived lack in another area. b) Excessive pay or reward provided for work performed. See Also: overcompensate, overcompensatory …   Wiktionary

  • overcompensation — Synonyms and related words: alienation, autism, autistic thinking, avoidance mechanism, blame shifting, compensation, decompensation, defense mechanism, dereism, dereistic thinking, displacement, dissociation, emotional insulation, escape, escape …   Moby Thesaurus

  • overcompensation — n. excessive compensation; excessive repayment; working too hard to make up for a fault or a defect (Psychoanalysis) …   English contemporary dictionary

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