If you hear someone say, "I'm not scared of that," or, "I didn't want that promotion anyway," it doesn't necessarily mean they're mentally strong. In fact, there's a good chance it's just a facade.

To illustrate this, let's look at the subreddit which we at Bored Panda call "I Am Very Bad". From gun nuts to overly-protective boyfriends, this online community has plenty of examples to prove that overcompensation can be very, very obvious.

Here are the posts that got the most upvotes from the sub's 1.2 million members.

#1

The F**king Sun

The F**king Sun

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N G
Community Member
1 month ago

the dude isn't that bright

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To learn more about "I Am Very Bad" we contacted its moderators and one of them, u/ergoegthatis, agreed to have a little chat.

"Some of the most popular ['tough' people on the subreddit are the ones who see] injustice in the news (e.g. someone being insulted or bear up), and say, 'If that happened to me I'd so and so and so and so!' With everyone on social media having a platform to air any opinion they have, this is incredibly common," u/ergoegthatis told Bored Panda.

"Also in the US, there are many intense political/social statements related to politics and guns. For some reason, Americans are religiously addicted to expressing their opinions on everything, in every possible way (including car decals)."

#2

And Murdered By Words Of Another Vet

And Murdered By Words Of Another Vet

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Demi Zwaan
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

Ah yes, the 'us' and 'them' mentality. Also the result of brainwashing. If someone cuts in line, say something. You don't immediately have to resort to violence like a little coward who can't communicate his feelings like a normal adult. (edited the bad word to coward)

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#3

Vaping In Front Of A Water Service Vehicle Thinking It's A Cop Car

Vaping In Front Of A Water Service Vehicle Thinking It's A Cop Car

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boredpanDaman
Community Member
1 month ago

oh blake

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According to the moderator, the subreddit's 'characters' usually overcompensate due to their fear of a scary, unpredictable, and hostile world.

"It depends on society too: we rarely see these ... expressions coming from Europe, the Arab world, Southern and Central America, Russia, China, Japan, etc. America is witnessing social, political, and economic implosions, so this seems to be a way for them to cope with that," they added.

The subreddit's community, on the other hand, is way more diverse. "It's heterogeneous, [and has] got all sorts of people," u/ergoegthatis said. "I don't think there's any common factor in our userbase, except the desire to have fun and laugh at people who take their purported [toughness] to comical levels in public."

#4

A Birthday Well Wish Escalates To ”there Will Be Consequences”

A Birthday Well Wish Escalates To ”there Will Be Consequences”

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Abhinc
Community Member
1 month ago

wishing happy birthday to a woman you know is considered gay ? being gay means you're not a man ? but then if you think that man is gay why are you so scared ? are you that insecure that you think a gay man could steal you girlfriend ? do you even realize what you say doesn't make sense ?

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#5

Even My Local Police Department Had To Call Out This Guy's Bulls**t

Even My Local Police Department Had To Call Out This Guy's Bulls**t

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Marcellus II
Community Member
1 month ago

I'm wondering in this scenario, what's the motivation of criminal nr 1000 to go test the door, when there's already a stack of 999 corpses festering in the spring sunshine?

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While acting tough may meet a person's needs in the short term by artificially boosting their ego or by getting others to back off, it's not a good long-term strategy. In fact, one study conducted by psychologists at Rutgers University found that guys who act tough may suffer serious consequences.

The paper, published in The Journal of Health Psychology, found that these men visit doctors less often. They're also less forthcoming about their medical symptoms when they see a male physician (interestingly, these same men were more likely to choose a male doctor because they believe male doctors are more competent than females).

#6

My Friend And His Wife Are Going Through A Mutual Divorce, Her New Boyfriend Is Wasting No Time Asserting Dominance

My Friend And His Wife Are Going Through A Mutual Divorce, Her New Boyfriend Is Wasting No Time Asserting Dominance

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boredpanDaman
Community Member
1 month ago

i cant take seriously "wot" and "imma"

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#7

If You Have To Advertise It, It’s Probably Not True

If You Have To Advertise It, It’s Probably Not True

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Nelson Ricardo
Community Member
1 month ago

Say "I have a tiny d i c k" without saying "I have a tiny d i c k."

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#8

She Always Told Me He Was Jealous But Dang

She Always Told Me He Was Jealous But Dang

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KJ
Community Member
1 month ago

Samantha needs a new boyfriend.

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Researchers suspect that delaying medical appointments and minimizing symptoms could be one of the reasons why men in the US die, on average, five years earlier than women.

If you want to see whether or not you have a tendency to act this way, this article by Inc. provides a 7-point checklist that could help in evaluating yourself.

If you're also putting up a fake exterior that helps you feel superior, consider the toll it may take on your life. Instead, try to invest in building mental strength, so the way you feel on the inside matches how others see you on the outside. As your mental strength increases, your need to act tough decreases.

#9

Comment On A Post About An Old Couple Having To Slowly Put Back Potatoes One At A Time At A Grocery Store Until The Price Was Low Enough Because They Are Poor

Comment On A Post About An Old Couple Having To Slowly Put Back Potatoes One At A Time At A Grocery Store Until The Price Was Low Enough Because They Are Poor

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Demi Zwaan
Community Member
1 month ago

I would've paid for their potatoes like a decent human being.

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#10

If A Cop Is A D*ck You Are Legally Allowed To Beat Him Up Apparently

If A Cop Is A D*ck You Are Legally Allowed To Beat Him Up Apparently

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Nelson Ricardo
Community Member
1 month ago

Everyone clapped after.

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#11

You Never Know What Will Go Down At A Subway Sandwich Shop

You Never Know What Will Go Down At A Subway Sandwich Shop

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Penny Fan
Community Member
1 month ago

It's necessary because his masculinity is too fragile to survive without them.

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#12

Bad**s Boomer Responds To Being Ok'ed By A Journalist He Yelled At About Climate Change

Bad**s Boomer Responds To Being Ok'ed By A Journalist He Yelled At About Climate Change

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KJ
Community Member
1 month ago

His wife is an animal? Pretty sure that's not legal.

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#13

High School Is A Hell Of A Drug

High School Is A Hell Of A Drug

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Erin Pritchard
Community Member
1 month ago

Me thinks he has been watching too many action hero movies.

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#14

His Daughter Took A Laptop Home From School To Message A Boy. So He Decides To Shoot The Laptop That Wasn’t Even His Property

His Daughter Took A Laptop Home From School To Message A Boy. So He Decides To Shoot The Laptop That Wasn’t Even His Property

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Ivo H
Community Member
1 month ago

That's what happens when people are allowed to have more guns than IQ.

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#15

A Challenge From A Bad**s

A Challenge From A Bad**s

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Penny Fan
Community Member
1 month ago

I wonder if he understands the word "epitome"

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#16

From A Live Stream Of Hurricane Florence

From A Live Stream Of Hurricane Florence

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Downunderdude
Community Member
1 month ago

Huh?

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#17

Oh Man... Stay Away From This Guy!

Oh Man... Stay Away From This Guy!

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Francis
Community Member
1 month ago

everyone clapped afterwards and she wanted to marry him, right?

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#18

Shooting A Target From A Mile Away? Light Work

Shooting A Target From A Mile Away? Light Work

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KJ
Community Member
1 month ago

The (approximate) equivalent to the 13th furthest recorded sniper kill according to wiki.

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#19

Do Not Underestimate People With Multiple Font Tattoos

Do Not Underestimate People With Multiple Font Tattoos

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Skara Brae
Community Member
1 month ago

At least she has a hazard warning label.

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#20

Coronavirus Is Scared Of Catching Me

Coronavirus Is Scared Of Catching Me

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ShriSha Kamboj
Community Member
1 month ago

idioticy can b contagious.....covid knows tht

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#21

Accidentally Added The Wrong Guy On Facebook. Guess I'm A Coward Now

Accidentally Added The Wrong Guy On Facebook. Guess I'm A Coward Now

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Kaisa Koo
Community Member
1 month ago

Most certainly the wrong guy

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#22

He Doesnt Need A Bed Just Sleeps In A Holster

He Doesnt Need A Bed Just Sleeps In A Holster

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KJ
Community Member
1 month ago

That doesn't translate well to Scottish, calling someone a weapon up here isn't a compliment.

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#23

I Love My Friend But I Get These Often

I Love My Friend But I Get These Often

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Otter
Community Member
1 month ago

I bet you threw your aluminum can in the trash instead of the recycling bin and jaywalked next, and everyone on the street begged you not to hurt them!

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#24

Vegans Can’t Even Make A Dent

Vegans Can’t Even Make A Dent

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Iapetos
Community Member
1 month ago

"I'm an asshole and I can't stand it when people try to make things better for anyone."

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#25

A Warm Welcome Back From My “Bad**s” Roommate

A Warm Welcome Back From My “Bad**s” Roommate

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Dorothy Parker
Community Member
1 month ago

Girlfriend is being held captive. Save that text and use it as reason to move out. . .

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#26

Dysfunctional Veteran Leave Me Alone!

Dysfunctional Veteran Leave Me Alone!

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Demi Zwaan
Community Member
1 month ago

Sure, because no one would call the police if they actually believed these were bodies. No, they'd go about their business and be nice and polite to the psycho killer.

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#27

Covid Brings Out The Crazies

Covid Brings Out The Crazies

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Meeple13
Community Member
1 month ago

correction: "deffinately" drunk

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#28

School Dropouts Are Very Bad**s

School Dropouts Are Very Bad**s

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A B C
Community Member
1 month ago

That's a weird flex. A very weird one.

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#29

How To Prove You’re Older Than 14

How To Prove You’re Older Than 14

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Francis
Community Member
1 month ago

only 4?? pathetic!

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#30

U Can Use Your Zip Ties To Make Sure Your Legs Stay Together In The New Wheelchair

U Can Use Your Zip Ties To Make Sure Your Legs Stay Together In The New Wheelchair

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Jihana
Community Member
1 month ago

Obviously he does park like a jerk and feels threatened now.

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#31

Walmart Patriot

Walmart Patriot

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Nelson Ricardo
Community Member
1 month ago

t w a t

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#32

Shoot First, Ask Questions Later, I Guess

Shoot First, Ask Questions Later, I Guess

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Scagsy
Community Member
1 month ago

That's a lot of words to say 'I'm an idiot with a gun'.

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#33

Going To The Gym Makes You Invincible

Going To The Gym Makes You Invincible

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Robert T
Community Member
1 month ago

Looks like he's peed himself straining to lift that.

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#34

A Comment: "I Bet You Spent More On This Than Your Kids Since They Were Born"

A Comment: "I Bet You Spent More On This Than Your Kids Since They Were Born"

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boredpanDaman
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

but. hOw i treat You depends on how you treat Me. *waiting to be treated...

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#35

Who Would Dare After That

Who Would Dare After That

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Nelson Ricardo
Community Member
1 month ago

HMU?

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