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Emancipate Your Mind: 074: Why You Feel Guilty About Resting, Part 3: Insecure Overachievement

This week we dig further into why so many of us continue to work even when our bodies and minds are begging with us to rest. One possible reason may be a pattern called “Insecure Overachievement”.

Insecure overachievement is a behavior pattern we use to get validation, approval, and to fill self-worth wounds. Because our self-worth wounds persist, no matter how much we achieve, this cycle becomes compulsive.

The good news is, once we recognize this pattern for what it is, we can begin to care for the wounds underlying our behavior and begin to create a cycle of healthy achievement and rest.



“5 Signs You Are an Insecure Overachiever”, Michael Lim,, June 24, 2021

“Are You An ‘Insecure Overachiever’?”, Laura Empson, BBC Worklife, September 25, 2018


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