Size matters. The “Napoleon complex” is real and comes with the traits of the “Dark Triad”
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Research Shows Small Man Syndrome Is Real and Explains Why Small Men Are More Hot-tempered.
The existence of the so-called “Napoleon complex” or “little man syndrome” is far from new. People of short stature are supposed to display an overbearing and aggressive attitude to make up for their lack of stature. Previously, this was only a hypothesis, but a new study by Polish scientists proves that it is quite real, writes The First News.
More than 35 men and women took part in a new study by scientists and the University of Wroclaw. As a result, the researchers found that short men are more likely to act hostile towards others.
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It is curious that scientists have not found the same behavior in women of short stature. According to study lead author Monika Kozlowska, short women may resort to deception to appear taller or use their height to gain protection or resources. At the same time, short men show a link between aggressive behavior and height.
When men can't be physically strong, they can become mentally strong, Kozlovsk said. As a result, short men may use traits such as psychopathy to gain respect, pass the cost on to others, or impress a romantic partner. In fact, in this way they appear stronger and make people around them perceive them as higher than they really are.
“Napoleon complex” got its name in honor of the French leader. Napoleon Bonaparte was often depicted as angry, seeking power and war, and his short stature was often cited as the reason for this behavior. Note that the height of the French leader was supposedly 1.58 or 1.75 m.
Scientists suggest that psychological formidability can apparently provide a short man with some advantages in survival and mating and compensate for some losses in physical formidability .
Curiously, the researchers also found that short men were more likely to exhibit traits known as the “Dark Triad”:
- psychopathy – lack of empathy and antisocial behavior;< /li>
- narcissism is an egocentric personality style;
- Machiavellianism is an indifference to morality and a demonstration of manipulation.
According to Kozlowska, the study touches them and colleagues for the first time and explores the connection between short stature, “small man syndrome” and traits of the “Dark Triad”.
Researchers note that they have found that people with “Dark Triad” traits are not only dissatisfied with their height, but are in fact short. As a result, Kozlowska suggests that the traits of the “Dark Triad” are most likely part of a set of psychological systems that have emerged as a result of natural selection, which allow people of shorter stature to be able to compete with the people around them.