Napoleon Complex

(redirected from Short man syndrome)
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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I WAS delighted- and not in the least surprised - to learn that scientists have finally proved the existence of Short Man Syndrome.
Having staved off his executioners, Sam Allardyce is now close to the loan signing of Lacina Traore, a striker tall enough to give Andy Carroll short man syndrome.
But short man syndrome is so called because it's gender dependent.
Twenty-two-year-old Daniel jokes that short man syndrome compels him to prove his mettle by throwing himself into situations where he is quite literally (in his latest film) in over his head.
It was short man syndrome - 'I'm going to prove how tough I am and not going to complain once' - that is the kind of pigheaded attitude I get in that situation which sees me through.
If I wasn't having so much fun I probably would have thought (about) that but it was a case of short man syndrome," says 5ft 5in Dan.
According to a new report, boffins at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands have proved the existence of short man syndrome, which they say was behind the bolshie behaviour of the likes of Napoleon, Mussolini and 5th-Century bad-boy Attila The Hun.
This is known as the Napoleon Complex or the Short Man Syndrome, whose popular premise is that chaps below average height are more aggressive.
SHORT man syndrome doesn't exist - it's tall men who fly off the handle the quickest, according to scientists.
The results from the world's first test for Short Man Syndrome - or "Napoleon complex" - suggest short people do not feel they need to get angry to dominate those who tower above them.
Occasionally, I bridle against these dumb stereotypes but people just tend to roll their eyes and say: "Typical redhead - they're so angry" or "See, short man syndrome.
A LOOK at Short Man Syndrome, which sees vertically-challenged males acting aggressively to compensate for their lack of height.
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