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Overcompensation and consumption: Guilty or not-guilty?

Overcompensation and consumption: Guilty or not-guilty?
Mary Thomas, Associate Editor,

Our body reacts to stress by overcompensating, so that it can handle stress again in the future.Therefore, beginners at any sport see great improvement when starting their programs.
In order for your body to overcompensate, you must load it with a greater amount than was already encountered. This principle is the reason that people plateau in their gains over time. It becomes more and more difficult to stress the body to a point where it has not been stressed before.
The mind too has an over compensation psychology. You’re with someone you’ve just met, and within seconds you feel that there’s something wrong with you.Not only does she seem perfectly outfitted, but in simply introducing herself, she’s made it clear that she’s got an important job and a perfect family life, and that she associates with all the right people. Whether it’s a social contact or a business interaction, people who want everyone to know how big they are can make the rest of us feel pretty small.
According to Adler, people who feel inferior go about their days overcompensating through what he called “striving for superiority.” This striving for superiority as a feature of narcissistic personality disorder, is a deviation in normal development that results in a person’s constant search to boost self-esteem. Adler’s motivation to investigate this was from personal experience. He was a very sickly child, unable to walk till he was four because of rickets. He was a victim of pneumonia as well as a series of accidents.
Compensation is a strategy whereby one covers up, consciously or unconsciously, weaknesses, frustrations, desires, or feelings of inadequacy or incompetence in one life area through the gratification in another area. Positive compensations may help one to overcome one’s difficulties. On the other hand, negative compensations do not.
What about negative compensation? Overcompensation, characterized by superiority, leads to striving for power, dominance, self-esteem, and self-devaluation. Under compensation includes a demand for help, leads to a lack of courage and a fear for life.
When overcompensation is undertaken solely to control, dominate and exert one’s superiority over others and not for excelling to feel good about oneself, but doing so to put others down, it is very detrimental. It actually prevents a person from addressing the issues from which the feelings of inferiority and inadequacies stem.
Christopher Lasch, an American historian and social critic wrote in his book, The Culture of Narcissism that North American society is narcissistic, worshiped consumption, feared and ignored dependency, aging, and death and is “fascinated” with fame. These superficial pursuits make society lose touch with reality and values. Consumption can be a means of compensation where we use goods to convey human relationships, parents make up for “bad” conditions (poverty, abuse …) with gifts etc.
It is impossible to be a great marathon runner and an Olympic weightlifter at once. It’s not going to work because the kind of training it takes to create great endurance removes from your ability to lift heavy weights. A jack of all trades is a master of none. So, keep your focal points and priorities clear and undistracted for deep impact and you will continue to grow.

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