After a personality survey of more than 300 people, scientists found that short men were more confrontational and gloomy than other people. A diagnosis that the History of France cannot deny.
The size of a man or a woman sometimes proves to be a decisive selection criterion in romantic encounters. A taboo subject for a long time, short men seem to be popular today, as evidenced in particular by the excitement of the public at each appearance of the American actor Tom Cruise (1.70m) or Tom Holland (1.73m), aka Peter Parker in Spiderman. But before rushing headlong into the search for the ideal man, know that size is actually much more than a simple physical characteristic. Polish scientists have found that short men develop character traits more conflicting than the others, namely narcissism, manipulation or even psychopathy.
Men much darker than women
To achieve this astonishing correlation, 233 men and 134 women took part in the so-called “dark triad” psychological test. The latter, developed by psychologists in the early 2000s, reveals three characteristic traits of a potentially evil personality, namely narcissism (egocentrism), psychopathy (lack of empathy and impulsive behavior) and Machiavellianism (manipulation and lack of scruples). The scientists, who publish their conclusion in the journal Elsevier Personality and Individual Differences, noted that men with some of the Dark Triad dispositions were less satisfied with their height, but more importantly, that being confrontational could be due to their shortness. “We believe that these behavioral syndromes are designed by natural selection to allow less imposing individuals to continue to meet life’s challenges.” the authors of the study go even further. Unlike men, no signs of psychopathy appeared in women. “Short females tend to use deception to appear more desirable or to gain some form of protection“, write the researchers.
A link with the “Napoleon complex”
In an attempt to understand the origin of these personality “disorders”, the researchers also drew a parallel between their present theory and “the Napoleon complex”. A fine tactician and strategist, Napoleon Bonaparte was also the supreme incarnation of the Machiavellian Prince. Often mocked for his small size (1.68 m), even if the average of the time was much lower than today, the first Emperor of the French would have developed an inferiority complex, which would explain why he never ceased to impose his authority and his power by force. “When someone is not physically formidable and does not have an intimidating presence, he must impose himself by other means, and in particular by psychology“, explains Monika Kozlowska, lead author of the study. And to add this analysis, which sounds like a warning: “Short men who exhibit traits such as psychopathy may use them to demand respect or impress their partner“. Be careful, however, not to generalize.
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