5

Is there a word or expression for someone who is often a cause of difficulties that he later has to overcome?

For example, a man who always has to work extra hours to finish his job at time just because when he has time he slacks instead working.

Or maybe a good chess player that makes silly mistakes because he always underestimates his opponent (and later has to try hard to compensate for these mistakes).

So basically I want a word or expression for someone who makes avoidable and totally unnecessary difficulties for himself.

12

This is a bit of a neologism, but I suppose "self-saboteur" captures the person you are describing adequately.

If you don't necessarily need a single word you could go with the more traditional:

He has a habit of shooting himself in the foot

6

You could say

He is his own worst enemy.

or

He can't get out of his own way.

2

If I were an employer describing this person to a third party, I would call him/her:

A Liability

If I were describing this person generally, I would use:

Self-destructive

More generally:

A trainwreck

Or, even moreso, and in the strictest sense of the word:

A fool

  • 1
    Pretty sure that him/her is not a word. – tchrist Dec 1 '12 at 17:17
2

If an adjective will suffice, "improvident" or "shortsighted" or any of their synonyms should work.

Your question's phrasing suggests that maybe you want a noun. A "micawber" is a person who assumes that things will be better in the future and thus avoids working hard in the present moment.

-1

You could say that he

shoots himself in the foot.

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.