Glossary Term: Underachiever


An underachiever is someone (such as a student, athlete, or workplace professional), who does not perform as well or work as hard as they can.

What is underachievement psychology?

Underachievement is a behavioral syndrome with underlying connections to an individual’s emotional life. This syndrome comprises behavior patterns that can result in an individual performing below their ability.

Why do gifted individuals underachieve?

Underachievement becomes a factor for individuals when their self-identity becomes too intricately wound up in their academic performance. They tend to underachieve when they do not believe that they can live up to expectations set by themselves and others.

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