Definitions for overcompensationˈoʊ vərˌkɒm pənˈseɪ ʃən
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
o•ver•com•pen•sa•tionˈoʊ vərˌkɒm pənˈseɪ ʃən(n.)
compensation to an unnecessary or unreasonable degree.
Category: Common Vocabulary, Psychiatry
Psychoanal. a pronounced striving to overcome a trait perceived as unacceptable by substituting an opposite trait.
Origin of overcompensation:
1915–20; as psychoanalytic term, trans. of G Überkompensation, coined by Alfred Adler
(psychiatry) an attempt to overcome a real or imagined defect or unwanted trait by overly exaggerating its opposite
An excess amount provided in one area in an effort to overcome a perceived lack in another area.
Excessive pay or reward provided for work performed.
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