Short People Are Angrier Than Tall People, According to Science
According to folklore, Napoleon compensated for his lack of height by seeking power and waging war. And a recent study claims that short men are more aggressive than their taller counterparts.
Bright Side delved deep into this study and also examined other contradictory studies to get to the core of the matter.
According to a new study conducted by scientists at the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta, Georgia, shorter people tend to be angrier and more violent than people that are tall.
The scientists observed 600 men, between the ages of 18 and 50, and found that those who felt less masculine were 3 times more likely to have committed violent assaults or criminal acts. Scientists say this is the result of “male discrepancy stress” which causes them to be more aggressive.
Due to societal stereotypes, one of the ways men felt less masculine was when they felt that their height was shorter than average. Scientists say shorter men act more aggressively to make up for their lack of height. This syndrome is popularly known as the “Napoleon complex.” It was first identified in 1926 by the Austrian psychoanalyst Alfred Adler.
In 2018, evolutionary psychologist Mark van Vugt and his team of researchers at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam found evidence of the Napoleon complex in men. They came to the conclusion that men who are short behave more aggressively in interactions with taller men. According to experts, shorter people have stronger feelings of vulnerability and higher levels of paranoia.
However, it is highly likely that the study itself included a test group that was too small to predict the correct correlation between height and aggression. And there have been other studies that have led to contradictory findings as well. In 2007, research by the University of Central Lancashire suggested that the Napoleon complex is most likely a myth.
This study discovered that short men were less likely to lose their temper than men of average height. During the experiment, the subjects were required to duel with each other and their heart rate was monitored. The heart monitors revealed that taller men were more likely to lose their temper and hit back.
The Wessex Growth Study conducted in the UK, which monitored the psychological development of children from the time that they entered school to adulthood, found that “no significant differences in personality functioning or aspects of daily living were found which could be attributable to height.”
So, what do you think? Are shorter people more aggressive or are taller people more likely to lose their temper first? Or do you think that height has no connection to a person’s temper? Let us know in the comments below.
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