Napoleon Complex

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A popular term for the inferiority complex that short men (under 5’9') in society are commonly assumed to possess, which causes them—at least per theory—to overcompensate by trying harder than men of average height (5’10') in life’s activities
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We even called it Napoleon Syndrome. But his reputed height of 5ft2in was a miscalculation in converting from one measurement system to another.
"Maybe it's a generational thing." Dr Martin Skinner, a psychology expert at Warwick University, said it would be a generalisation to label all short men as dissatisfied with their height and consequently subject to Napoleon syndrome.
It was quickly surmised that a hand protecting guard would prevent, all but the most careless, Napoleon syndrome. However, when the cost for the extra material necessary for the proposed protective guard was estimated, subtracting the additional expense from the projected profit gain of sales, it was quickly delayed by executive order for further study.
It is widely called the Napoleon Syndrome. But the nickname really comes from his early military career, when he was given the name to mock his low rank.