Top 10 Huge Examples Of Overcompensation


While women and doctors can insist that ‘size doesn’t matter’ ad infinitum, some guys still worry that they don’t measure up. In extreme cases, men can even be afflicted with an anxiety disorder called Small Penis Syndrome (

Others operate under the erroneous belief that they can compensate for their perceived shortfall with a symbolic replacement. The bigger, the better because- in contrast to the source of this self-consciousness- when it comes to overcompensation, size really does matter:

10. The Big One


He holds it up for everyone to see with pride – he is hunter, he is primal, he is holding a fish that is several feet long. Too bad it’s limp… I guess that’s what happens when you catch something.


9. Schwing!



While some women might argue that it’s the size of a man’s cranium that makes him sexy, some men are more worried about the size of their crane.  Don’t believe me? Well Wayne and Garth didn’t exclaim “Schwing!” for nothing – and comparisons to this equipment are definitely a compliment. Or, rather, a severe case of overcompensation, if you feel the need to pick up your date behind the wheel of one of these…

More accurately, the Schwing products are actually concrete pumps (the part that looks like a crane is actually a boom used to squirt the concrete great distances). The pump and boom are mounted on trucks that can be 42 feet long. If a lady notices you parked with with your boom down, make sure you mention they can extend up to 200 feet long when they are fully erect. “Schwing!” With that kind of reach, it’s no wonder that the companies’ slogan is “Always close to the customer.” How can you avoid them? I’m sure the fact that their competition’s name is Putzmeister helps out quite a bit as well.

Having equipment trouble?  According to Schwing’s website you should “insist on a Schwing Certified Boom Inspection!” They advise that “boom inspections should include complete visual inspection of all structural areas” including “the main column and the turret.” They even have a handy form you can fill out if your boom needs servicing.

8. Love… I mean… Light Sabre


Most men can’t pass one of these at a toy store/electronics store/sci fi convention without waving it around a bit. It glows so that no one can miss it, perhaps foreshadowing the male of our species after a few more years of estrogen and some adjustments via evolution


7. Big Long Snake


Many people are terrified of snakes and most of the people left over still think they are creepy. According to an article at National Geographic we can thank evolution for this common phobia because early mammals “who were good at identifying and recruiting defense responses to snakes have left more offspring than individuals with less efficient defense systems.”

Causing girls to run from the room screaming is probably not the reaction you are hoping for?


6. Hot Dog


The smaller the ears, the shorter the hair, the shorter the tail, and the more rippled the physique… in fact, the more the dog looks like a giant penis with four legs – the more likely the man hiding behind it is overcompensating for something…


5. Crotch Rocket


It’s made out of metal and goes really fast, so the rocket comparison makes a lot of sense. The crotch part is because of its location, obviously. Now I’ve never heard a guy refer to his, you know, as a crotch rocket – but I wouldn’t be surprised. It’s not a secret that men use their motorcycles to attract women and the bigger the chopper, the more likely you’re looking at some overcompensation transportation.


4. Big Shiny Dome


It makes sense that men who spend a lot of time building big strong muscles might be overcompensating for a weakness in some other area. If they also spend an excessive amount of time rubbing oil into those muscular appendages, beware. If they also shave and buff their head until they resemble a penis with ears- so that they are essentially using their head as a walking dilboard – be suspicious. confirms that “bald men don’t have more testosterone than men with more hair,” so beware of false advertising: your meathead may be overcompensating because he’s worried that he has a cocktail wienie instead of a bologna pony.

3. Guitar

You won’t always get applause and cheers when you play with your equipment, but if you’re a guitar player, there is at least a chance that this will happen. There is a reason why self-absorbed soloing on guitar is also called ‘wanking’ ( If your guitar has 12 strings, bright sparkly paint, and is over-accessorized (and you can’t really play it) you may be using your axe to cut your feelings of inadequacy elsewhere.


2. Car or Truck


If it has four wheels, an engine, and a steering wheel there’s a guy out there who has used it to tell the world that his vehicle is ‘fully loaded.’ It might be a fast sports car, a semi trailer, or even a forklift. If it’s a truck with an extended cab, long bed, extra large tires, and a high rise truck cap, at least try to stop yourself from bringing an ‘objects may be closer than they appear’ sign to your next romantic encounter.

1. Gun


According to the average size of the penis is shrinking due to increased exposure to estrogen. Years ago the average erect penis was 6.5 inches; a recent study reports 5.1 inches.

Maybe that’s why a whole lot of men like to carry big guns? You just have to type ‘man with big gun’ into Google to find out how prevalent this tactic is – 28,700,000 results in Google Images. But why? The last thing you want to hear from a date is ‘stop pointing that thing at me.’

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  1. You see something big you think overcompensation for penis size?…DUMB LIST..STOP WASTING MY EYES TIME

    • While this list was obviously supposed to be funny, there is also research to back this up. A quick google search for the word ‘overcompensation’ resulted in: “Masculinity-threatened participants also showed more interest in buying an SUV…”

      If you don’t think the list is funny, fine, but you don’t have to be so all-caps aggressive about it – from the same article: “Threaten a man’s masculinity and he will assume more macho attitudes, according to a study by a Cornell University researcher…”

        • Lol. Surly. Ur like the brawn man on the rolls of paper. That overcompesnation thing has made it to advertising. You can probly assume theres loads of research to back it up. Guys get aggresive when they feel threatened? Thats proposterous. Girls get agggresive when they feel threatened. Guys turn into 9 year olds

  2. Josh Pyke made that guitar boat himself and auctioned it off to raise money for Indigenous Literacy Project.

    And it is a guitar, take a look at it. Mandolins don’t look like that. You don’t know if it’s semi-acoustic and it doesn’t really matter – it’s a boat.

    Takes an Aussie to defend an Aussie.

    • The conversation above was about a picture that has now been replaced (which is mentioned in the 2nd to last comment in the thread). Sorry about the confusion – no one questioned the authenticity of Josh Pyke’s guitar. Interesting that he built the boat himself and then auctioned it off for literacy- thanks for letting us know.

  3. What about the men who are married and have a sports car? Are they over compensating?

  4. Lar Blackman on

    Accusations of overcompensation are more about the insecurities of the accuser than the guy with the big car/dog/etc.

    • The article didn’t say anything about ‘owning’, it said ‘carrying” a big gun.

      Lots of normal people own guns for hunting or protection.

      But people whose avatar or profile picture shows them holding guns or worse, ‘open carry’ ?


  5. Freud fetishism! Penis is not everything a mans life or human life. Penis is not the only power symbol; yet it is not very proper symbol for power. I think penis fetishism in psychology is just Freud’s revenge for things Nasis do for him and his poor two sisters.