Why is "overachiever" used as an insult?

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  1. Earl S. Wynn profile image81
    Earl S. Wynnposted 12 years ago

    Why is "overachiever" used as an insult?

  2. cookibuq profile image62
    cookibuqposted 12 years ago

    I think it kinda gives the impression that someone will do anything to get what they want, even if the act is not desirable to others...

  3. profile image57
    patspnnposted 12 years ago

    an overchiever is used as an insult because the person is envious and other's success make them look unfavorably on their own  achievements.  Hence what we are talking about is low self esteem,

  4. Wesman Todd Shaw profile image84
    Wesman Todd Shawposted 12 years ago

    People who do that insult themselves first.

  5. gardnere13 profile image60
    gardnere13posted 12 years ago

    Because underachievers feel like they have the better end of the deal because they have more time to them-self as well as less work to do....

  6. A la carte profile image60
    A la carteposted 12 years ago

    I think envy..........................................................................

  7. profile image55
    foreignpressposted 12 years ago

    The trend in our Western society is toward being "dumbed down"; or, as our President says, no nation should be any better than any other nation. So it has become a badge of honor to not know how to spell, write, communicate, solve simple math, or even to have social skills. I've met kids who intentionally flunked tests to impress their peers. It's also called "a nation unraveling."

  8. gmwilliams profile image84
    gmwilliamsposted 9 years ago

    Sadly, postmodern American culture equates being an overachiever with being an obsessed workaholic with no social life.  Children and people in general who are highly motivated and successful are scorned and looked down upon.  They are viewed as obsessive and abnormal as compared to the rest of society. 

    There are some people who believe that it is good to achieve only a modicum amount of success and anything beyond that is unnecessary and excessive.  They strongly insist that life is more than obsessively chasing towards and attaining so-called superficial goals.  They maintain that life is more than achievement.   They assert that people who are overachievers have something inner lacking in their lives and that is why the former are always achieving.   Many people believe that overachievers are power hungry and control freaks which explains why they must always prove themselves. 

    Then, there are envious people who believe that no one should achieve beyond a prescribed level.   These people strongly contend that since they are happy at their particular success/socioeconomic level, why would anyone else want to extend themselves.   These people feel that what else do people want and what is the point of achieving a particular success level, aren't they satisfied with themselves the way that they are. 

    There are people who view overachievers as extremely single minded with extreme tunnel vision.   They wonder what is the true impetus of the overachiever who is always striving and for what.  They, in fact, feel sorry for the overachievers who never stop to appreciate the trees in which their main focus is the whole forest.  They believe that the lives of overachievers is missing and sad; to them, overachievers are missing out on so many human components of their lives in some endless such of attaining some temporary superficiality which really means naught.


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