The Napoleon Complex

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    Mar 08, 2011 6:47 PM GMT
    ...also known as "Short Man's Syndrome" or "Little Man's Syndrome".

    Napoleon complex is an informal term describing an alleged type of inferiority complex which is said to affect some people, especially men, who are short in stature. The term is also used more generally to describe people who are driven by a perceived handicap to overcompensate in other aspects of their lives.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Napoleon_complex

    Do you guys think it exists? Do you think that shorter men tend to have (pardon the term) shorter fuses when it comes to temper? Do you guys think short guys are more likely to compensate for their stature in other areas of their lives?

    Edit: A few more things to think about...
    If you think it exists, do you believe the behavior is irrational, unwarranted, or unjustified? If a short guy happens to be successful, rich, and/or short-tempered, do you automatically attribute that to his own insecurities about his height?
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    Mar 08, 2011 6:52 PM GMT
    I think some folks, little ones, have some false belief systems. They just needs to eat more.
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    Mar 08, 2011 7:34 PM GMT
    Now why would anyone think that a short guy would feel the need to compensate?
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    Mar 08, 2011 8:13 PM GMT
    Absolutely true. Of course it doesn't affect all short guys but there does seem to be a disproportianate number of short guys who display this tendency than men of average or above average height. I think anyone who works in a large office atmoshere will agree.
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    Mar 08, 2011 8:31 PM GMT
    StudlyScrewRite said Now why would anyone think that a short guy would feel the need to compensate?
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    I thought that was for guys compensating for a small penis.

    Yes, there are some short guys who walk around with a chip on their shoulders.
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    Mar 08, 2011 8:53 PM GMT
    I have known a couple of classic cases.
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    Mar 08, 2011 9:34 PM GMT
    Ermine said

    Yes, there are some short guys who walk around with a chip on their shoulders.


    It's not their fault, with all the taller people eating Pringles around them some crumbs are bound to accumulate down there.
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    Mar 09, 2011 3:50 AM GMT
    Ariodante saidI think some folks, little ones, have some false belief systems. They just needs to eat more.

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    Mar 09, 2011 3:52 AM GMT
    Ariodante saidI think some folks, little ones, have some false belief systems. They just needs to eat more.


    I see what you did there. icon_twisted.gif
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    Mar 09, 2011 3:55 AM GMT
    I've seen it enough times (but only among white guys of European descent) to know that it's sometimes true.
    Or, maybe those guys were just assholes, regardless of being vertically challenged...
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    Mar 09, 2011 3:57 AM GMT
    "Got you all fired up with your Napoleon complex
    Seein' right through you like you're bathin' in Windex"

    MC sang it, so you know its true.
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    Mar 09, 2011 4:15 AM GMT
    What a pisser. little people trying to seem tall.
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    Mar 09, 2011 5:07 AM GMT
    As a short guy myself (5'4''), I don't try to excel at things for the sake of compensating for my height. I just like to be good at whatever it is I'm doing. I do, however, seem to have a shorter fuse than my taller peers. I grew up around other Asian (read: Filipino) guys, so my shorter stature wasn't so abnormal. It wasn't until I got to college (and subsequently graduate school) and the average height of my peers increased significantly that I noticed I'd have to try a LITTLE (lulz, c wut i did thar) harder to make myself seem more significant.

    This was posted on another message board site, but I think it gives some good perspective on the shit us shorter guys deal with. I bolded the most important parts...

    I have been a sufferer of this condition for many years. Short Man
    Syndrome is a very real ailment that plagues many of us of lesser stature. Jokes about it are a common occurrence, but this post is written to serve as a bit of an explanation and to spread knowledge to those who just don't quite understand.

    Short Man Syndrome is not something you are born with. It is a condition
    brought about by socialization.
    When I walk my 5'6" self into a bar, I am
    always on edge. Why? Because many a night have I tried to make my way to get a drink in a crowded bar, and been shoved by those who either didn't see me or pretended to not see me. I've even been standing still, and had people walk by who push me out of the way as an object rather than a person.

    Anything irritating becomes exponentially so when experienced ad nauseum. Eventually I would begin pushing back, partially as a warning, partially for redemption, and partially to simply vent. That act of revenge has brought me close to fisticuffs on several occasions, but no amount of physical pain could ever equal the feeling of being treated as a second-class citizen.

    I have realized, though, that SMS stems from long before achieving legal
    drinking age. The short kids are always picked on to a greater degree in
    school. I learned a long time ago that the only hope for lessening the
    torment is to stand up for yourself.
    It's a conditioning process that all
    of us height-challenged individuals go through.

    These days I don't much care for crowded bars. I try to find more laid
    back places to go, but if I should happen to arrive at a busy pub or club, I
    find that my body instantly tenses upon entering. It's not that I'm looking for a fight, it's just that I need to protect that which is mine: my own
    personal space and dignity.


    This post is not written to fish for sympathy or instill guilt. We all
    have our own **** to deal with and there is not a single person reading this
    post right now that doesn't have plenty of **** of their own to overcome. I'm
    no better or worse than any of you out there. This is written simply to try
    and bring the short and tall people closer together.

    So tall guys, I leave you with this: The next time you're out on a
    Saturday night, please realize that the short guy you just bumped into isn't mad at you personally, he's just tired of dealing with it in general. And I guarantee you that if you offer him a sincere apology, you will have just made a deeply loyal friend who will help you beat the *** of the boyfriend
    of that insecure CL girl to whom you're talking who only dates guys above
    6'11"."
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    Mar 09, 2011 5:32 AM GMT
    jprichva said
    Ariodante saidI think some folks, little ones, have some false belief systems. They just needs to eat more.

    Oh now, did you have to channel HIM? Really? He's been absent lately. Count your blessings.


    He ain't visible to me either way. Also seriously, out of the Real Jock member base, who ELSE do you think of when you read this thread opener?
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    Mar 09, 2011 5:34 AM GMT
    Ariodante saidI think some folks, little ones, have some false belief systems. They just needs to eat more.


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    Mar 09, 2011 5:37 AM GMT
    Ariodante said
    Ermine said

    Yes, there are some short guys who walk around with a chip on their shoulders.


    It's not their fault, with all the taller people eating Pringles around them some crumbs are bound to accumulate down there.


    i was thinking greasy french fries. .
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    Mar 09, 2011 6:03 AM GMT
    Mmmmm.....

    I think all of us has something to prove.
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    Mar 09, 2011 9:38 AM GMT
    i can think of one particular little shilelagh that would fit this bill..........Keithicon_wink.gif
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    Mar 09, 2011 10:47 AM GMT
    Yes, I think it does, but not in most shorter men I have met. I have seen it. I believe it has to do with their security level.

    It is not just relegated to humans. Many small dogs have it though. You can tell by their nervous/insecure bark and lunging on leash. Take the leash off, and they run.
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    Mar 09, 2011 11:28 AM GMT
    I believe it exists. However, it's from experience, not research. I've noticed, since I tend to tower over a percentage of men, those are the ones who are mean and all tough-guy manliness. Heck, I remember my mother's old boss you just be the nicest guy, and as soon as I entered the room during a holiday or whatnot, suddenly would have to talk basketball, point out my queerness and would become downright abusive.

    Or it could be I just bother people in general.

    Peace,
    Bardy