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What is the one word substitution for "one who thinks that he is doing something great but in reality there is no progress in his life"..?

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Delusional

adjective

  1. having false or unrealistic beliefs or opinions
    Senators who think they will get agreement on a comprehensive tax bill are delusional.

  2. (Psychiatry) maintaining fixed false beliefs even when confronted with facts, usually as a result of mental illness
    He was so delusional and paranoid that he thought everybody was conspiring against him.

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Ouch, bit of a harsh definition. Perhaps:

Idler: A person who passes time without being engaged in purposeful activity

Laggard: A person who makes slow progress and falls behind others.

Or because it's fun to say, a:

Ne'er-do-well: A person who is ineffectual, idle, unsuccessful, or completely lacking in merit.

I'd also probably put "delusional" infront of these as delusion by itself doesn't mean the person is going no-where. I mean, Donald Trump is fairly delusional and he's a billionaire running for the U.S. presidency. ;)

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    It’s gonna be tough to find both of the ideas that the OP wants in just one noun, but I agree that ‘Ne'er-do-well’ is fun to say! Maybe combining it with another fun word would work: He’s such “a vainglorious ne'er-do-well!” – Papa Poule Sep 30 '15 at 14:13
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    @PapaPoule Oh, I like that one! How about narcissistic ne'er-do-well. Just the right amount of syllables for a children's clapping game. – Julia Sep 30 '15 at 14:16
  • To me, none of these really convey both OP's requirements that it must describe someone who performs poorly AND thinks highly of themselves. – Kristina Lopez Sep 30 '15 at 16:19
  • I agree with Kristina – user258458 Oct 2 '15 at 10:50

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