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I want to describe a person in my article with the following characteristics:

  • Not good at grasping in studies.
  • Doing a poor job just because he fears going out and expanding/trying better jobs.

Please suggest a word(s) that would mean both of the above.

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I meant, this guy is not willing to go for a better job due to his low-confidence. Poor guy, he was not good in studies/sports. – satya Nov 8 '12 at 6:45
That comment better be in the question body. – Kris Nov 8 '12 at 8:34
We also have Cognitive Sciences Q&A cogsci.stackexchange.com – Kris Nov 8 '12 at 8:38
He has got "avoidant personality disorder"(type 3 personality disorder).you might also call him a "shy person". – afterburner Nov 8 '15 at 11:03

Someone not good in school or not good at understanding ideas can be called "intellectually challenged", and someone who doesn't want to go out looking for a better and more responsible job can be called a "hypengyophobic". I can't think of a single nice word that includes both meanings. "Moron" comes to mind.

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The two descriptions are completely distinct from one another and I can't think of a single word that describes both. For the first one, I would suggest:

slow to understand, think, or learn; stupid: the slow-witted interviewer failed to pounce on his remarks.

Or simply slow. As in he's a bit slow.

And for the second one, I would suggest:

unambitious |ˌənamˈbiSHəs|
not motivated or driven by a strong desire or determination to succeed.
• (of a plan or piece of work) not involving anything new, exciting, or demanding.

Definition source: NOAD

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