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Excessive compensation, especially the exertion of effort in excess of that needed to compensate for a physical or psychological characteristic or defect.
(Psychology) psychol an attempt to make up for a character trait by overexaggerating its opposite
o•ver•com•pen•sa•tion(ˈoʊ vərˌkɒm pənˈseɪ ʃən)
1. compensation to an unnecessary or unreasonable degree.
2. Psychoanal. a pronounced striving to overcome a trait perceived as unacceptable by substituting an opposite trait.
[1915–20; as psychoanalytic term, translation of German Überkompensation, coined by Alfred Adler]
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|Noun||1.||overcompensation - (psychiatry) an attempt to overcome a real or imagined defect or unwanted trait by overly exaggerating its opposite|
psychiatry, psychological medicine, psychopathology - the branch of medicine dealing with the diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders
compensation - (psychiatry) a defense mechanism that conceals your undesirable shortcomings by exaggerating desirable behaviors
|2.||overcompensation - excessive compensation|
compensation - something (such as money) given or received as payment or reparation (as for a service or loss or injury)