Napoleon Complex

An angry male of below average height who feels it necessary to act out in an attempt to gain respect and recognition from others and compensate for his abnormally short stature. Also synonymous to little man syndrome.

Okay so he wasn’t Mr Angry, but there were height issues. “He just needs a good stretching,” she drawled in her husky northern Irish voice. Poor Mr Muddy – an inch or two taller and he may have got himself a farmer’s wife.

But just how big a deal is height? Scientists have warned small men do make more jealous husbands and lovers than their taller, more relaxed counterparts. Diminutive males from Napoleon Bonaparte to Tom Cruise have been accused of overcompensating for a lack of physical stature (and not just by wearing heels). The conventional wisdom is that Napoleon overcompensated for his short height by seeking power, war and conquest.

French president Nicolas Sarkozy threatened to walk out of the G20 summit saying he would not accept a compromise if the final communique did not come up to his expectations, and especially if it failed to call for stricter regulation on tax havens. In fact what he actually said was far more synonymous with short man syndrome, informing aides: “If things don’t advance in London, there will be an empty chair. I’ll get up and leave.”

Well that’s Napoleon complex for you.

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