Tall Poppy Syndrome


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A pejorative term used in the UK, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand to describe a social phenomenon in which people of genuine merit are resented, attacked, cut down, or criticised because their talents or achievements elevate them above or distinguish them from their peers. This contrasts with Americans who (are said to) admire the ‘rugged individual’ and self-sufficient pioneers who succeed against all odds
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I hope us Kiwis start to realize that tall poppy syndrome is something that should be eradicated along with possums, ferrets and Facebook selfies and we start to see a future where all of us are flourishing together.
That's starting to change but there's a big sort of Tall Poppy Syndrome thing that goes on here.
Is this just another manifestation of the tall poppy syndrome, and if so at what stage in a company's growth does our dislike of size and success become the dominant factor?
KEVIN KEEGAN has claimed Glenn Hoddle and David Seaman are both suffering from tall poppy syndrome.
I HAVE noted before on this page how the British are increasingly guilty of the Tall Poppy Syndrome - the practice by which, as soon as somebody hits stardom, we rush to lop them down.
There are many things they should be forbidden from mentioning: charity work, the pain and isolation of their childhood, how they can't remember anything about the 60s, Tall Poppy Syndrome, how "I'm in a good place right now," and the unbearable pressures of fame itself.