A “small” study commissioned by the BBC claims that the “Napoleon Complex” is a myth. Shorter men do not compensate for their diminutive size by being more aggressive than their taller counterparts.
Men of different heights duelled with wooden sticks but one of the subjects deliberately provoked the other by rapping them across the knuckles.
The subject who did the provoking had been briefed to do so by the scientists.
The other men were under the impression they were being tested for physical attributes, reaction times and eye-hand
Heart monitors revealed it was the taller men who flew off the handle more quickly and hit back.
Dr. Eslea, the study’s author concludes, “When people see a short man being aggressive, they are likely to think it is due to his size simply because that attribute is obvious and grabs their attention.” There is no “short man syndrome,” only a bad rap.