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.
Contrary to Hofstede's study of IBM employees in the 1970s[11], in which Australia ranked second only to the USA in terms of "individualism", contemporary Australian culture is often characterized in terms of a "tall poppy syndrome"[6].
We call it the tall poppy syndrome in New Zealand, where if someone sticks their head up they get it chopped off and I just think it's so wrong for young men.
KEVIN KEEGAN has claimed Glenn Hoddle and David Seaman are both suffering from tall poppy syndrome.
Those who do leave find themselves subject to the so-called 'tall poppy syndrome' - resentment from fellow Australians that they are perceived as 'not good enough' - until such time as the prodigal has made a big enough reputation elsewhere to come back and be feted.
The "tall poppy syndrome" is a common feature of our fickle game, but this seems an inappropriately Eeeyorish attitude to strike when your club, country and personal kudos are all booming.
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.