noun. the rationalizations and self-justifications used by a person to allay the feelings of guilt or shame stemming from an incapacity to reach and satisfy the demands of interior moral principles or other rules of behavior.

UNDERDOG: "The concept of the underdog was initially depicted by Frederick R. Peris, a German-American psychiatrist often recognized as Fritz."
Cite this page: N., Pam M.S., "UNDERDOG," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 29, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/underdog/ (accessed December 12, 2019).