Thursday, 24 March 2011

The over-compensator

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I love an over-compensator.

You know the type?

When they take too long moving off at the lights and someone nudges them along with a beep of the horn, they suddenly go from zero to 100 in about 6 seconds and break the speed limit getting to their destination?

Or the parents who can't bake to save themselves who show up at the cake stall with a store bought cake the size of Tasmania that must have cost at least $100?

Or the person who is so excited to be included in a group of friends that they assume the role of chief organiser and get stuck event planning the rest of their lives to ensure they remain 'on the list'?

These people pop up all over the place for me. They make me smile. They make me grimace. It takes all types, so they say. I tend to agree.

Are you an over-compensator? Do you love them as much as I do? Give us some examples of how they show themselves in your life.

19 comments:

A Christy Production said...

Because of my weight, fat feet, and fat hands, I am limited in what I can buy for myself to look pretty. So I have ONE MILLION necklaces & ONE MILLION pairs of earrings. Reality is I would survive with about 10 of each.

Salamander said...

I am being the classic over-compensator today - the mummy type!! Am letting Jack have a doona day, since Prep has knackered him completely. We're not just staying home from school today, we're building cubbies, making muffins, playing shops, snuggling together on the couch - basically waaaaay over-compensating for a lack of Jack over Term 1!! And tonite I will blog about it, to make myself feel better and to compensate for my guilt at neglecting the housework today....

Maxabella said...

Ho ho ho, I am definitely one of those. I can't stand to let people down so I always go OTT in an effort to pump them back up. And you should see me revving off at the lights!!! And look at all my exclamation marks!!!!!!

Good call! x

The Fat Lady said...

Oh yeah, I'm one that tries to organise everything so I'll be invited. Only people just kinda ignore it generally, which is even worse...

Lucy said...

Sometimes. If I care enough. Other times, not, but then I am still guilt ridden. I suspect I have over compensator tendencies....xx

Cate said...

I'm with Maxablla on the OTT punctuation!! Leaving comments with no opportunity for tone of voice or facial expression it's so easy to be misunderstood (I'm guilty of this) - and I'm so worried that someone will misinterpret my (lame) attempts at humour as rudeness. So on with the overcompensating punctuation!!!! And of course the smiley faces :-)
xxxCate

therhythmmethod said...

I had an over-compensator friend in high school. We had so much fun together, but she always made WAY too much effort at everything that I just stopped bothering. She did all the work. No surprise we drifted apart.
I overcompensate in my blog comments too. I worry people won't get my whimsical, witty comments, so there's lots of these ... :) ;) :/

Kelly said...

I love that photo! No I'm not one of those, but I have meet people like that before and they annoy the he'll out of me sometimes.

Life In A Pink Fibro said...

Love it. I'm sure I am one. I'd tell you why, but I'm sure I'd overcompensate in the process...

m.e (Cathie) said...

i love this post, it's got me giggling at the comments, i too love a few !!! here & there and a truckload of hugs & ♥♥♥♥!
i guess i overcompensate in certain things, i love to please, I bake to please...so there you go, i am guilty of it too.
love your blog by the way, i have to add some of these (!!) on the end !!!
and ♥

Shelley @ My Shoebox Life said...

Trying to figure out why I didn't read this post the first time round and realised it was on my birthday! I think you're being very polite with the term you use. I used to call them 'try hards'. I'm a definitely 'yes!' girl, but I try not to try too hard about it, if that makes sense!
And then of course there's the times where I haven't commented on a blog that I love for far too long, and I go on and on in my comment to try to make them see just how much I love their blog. :) xx

Life In A Pink Fibro said...

Here I am again, overcompensating for the fact that my last comment was short and didn't say anything...

Visiting via the Rewind.

Kirsty@MummytoFive said...

I love helping out people but it seems to bite me in the butt sometimes, people think its ok to walk all over me, so I'm not as much a overcompensator like I used to be!

Mum on the Run said...

Yep.
Guilty over here.
Particularly if I've messed up.
I'll break my blinkin neck to make it up!!
:-)

Diminishing Lucy said...

Those cake stall over compensators? Send them my way? I need them. (I am cake stall organiser lady again this term...)

xx

Photographer Mum said...

Gotta love an overcompensator. I saw a children's dance performance once and there was one child who was putting in so much effort to make up for the others lack of enthusiasm. It was very funny, so cute. As for me, I am sure I overcompensate at times but I can't think of anything in particular...

danneromero said...

i overcompensate with candy... then i end up eating most of it... ugh!

Donna said...

This reminds me of the drivers who go 10kms under the speed limit unless its double lanes, and then suddenly need to go 10kms over the speed limit!

Shouldnt judge though, I overcompensated at my son's 1st b'day party. Cakes are not my forte so I forked out the big bucks for a supremely impressive cupcake cake. Never again though, broke the budget!

Quill and Ink Handmade said...

Oh, I like this post.
And I like over-compensators: they're often wonderful, caring, kind-hearted people who would do anything to help. I'm sure they've also got some (slightly) annoying characteristics, but I reckon most things can be forgiven when you're heart is in the right place :)

Stopping to read from the Weekend Rewind!

x

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