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I was trying to describe my friend as being someone who gets upset in the absence of immediate gratification, but couldn't think of a good word. A good example would be someone who comes back from the gym and takes off their shirt expecting to look fit after one session.

Is there a word to describe someone that does this? The closest I could think of was "impatient", but that doesn't quite pin down the meaning.

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  • How about two words...unrealistic expectations? – Kristina Lopez Jun 28 '16 at 18:33
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    unrealistic expectations could also connote that the goal is not attainable... I'm looking for a word that has a more immediate connotation. I think you did lead me to a word that I think works though! – John Jun 28 '16 at 18:40
  • "Someone who comes back from the gym and takes off their shirt expecting to look fit after one session" lacks patience, in other words, is impatient. – user140086 Jun 28 '16 at 18:58
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After reading through some possibilities and some great suggestions, the word that I was led to is the compound adjective over-expectant. It more refers to the immediate situation the gym-goer is in.

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