Textbook Example of Compensation

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There is probably a more serious post about the insanity of American gun culture to be written today, but it’s a holiday. Instead, I offer this assessment.  Psychology Central defines compensation as:

Compensation is a process of psychologically counterbalancing perceived weaknesses by emphasizing strength in other arenas.

When a retailer like Target respectfully asks customers not to bring guns into their stores, it takes a certain kind of person, with some deep-seated need for compensation, to respond like these clowns did:

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I’ll leave it to you to determine what they might be compensating for, but their particular focus on their right to carry “long” guns into public spaces might provide a clue.

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Don Pogreba

Don Pogreba is an eighteen-year teacher of English, former debate coach, and loyal, if often sad, fan of the San Diego Padres and Portland Timbers. He spends far too many hours of his life working at school and on his small business, Big Sky Debate.

His work has appeared in Politico and Rewire.

In the past few years, travel has become a priority, whether it's a road trip to some little town in Montana or a museum of culture in Ísafjörður, Iceland.

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