achievement by proxy

achievement by proxy

The vicarious experiencing, by a parent or coach, of the success of a young athlete, especially in the pursuit of fame or reward.

achievement by proxy

Psychiatry The vicarious experiencing, by a parent or coach, of the success of a young athlete. Cf Munchausen by proxy.
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When other people become too involved in your dancing, seeking what's called "achievement by proxy," it's easy to lose your motivation because you're doing it for them.
Cartwright, a registered dietician and adjunct professor in the University of Arizona's department of nutritional sciences, asserts that some pageant parents exhibit what she calls "princess by proxy," a unique form of "achievement by proxy distortion" in which adults are driven primarily by the social or financial gains earned by their child's accomplishments, regardless of risk involved for the child.