Throughout the day you you meet hundreds of people to which you do not pay any attention. They pass by you without knowing what kind of life they lead. Surely one of these individuals is a psychopath. Not one of those that kill, but one that fits better in the broadest sense of the word.
A psychopathic person is defined as someone who is arrogant, highly manipulative, insensitive, seductive, domineering, and lacking in empathy or remorse. He doesn’t handle frustrations very well either, does not recognize the authority of other people and when faced with a refusal, he reacts with tantrums.
These traits usually occur only in 2 or 3% of the world population, but it is especially common in men. And according to a Polish study, the results of which have been published in the journal Personality and Individual Differences from Elsevier, is more frequent in men who are short.
The modern Napoleon
A group of scientists from the University of Krakow has discovered that short men “may be evolutionarily predisposed” to what is known as dark personality triad: narcissism, Machiavellianism and psychopathy. Therefore, the conclusions of this investigation come to confirm that the Napoleonic complex really exists: short men tend to make up for his lack of height with attitudes excessively combative and dominant.
To reach these conclusions, the researchers analyzed 367 men and women by having them answer a questionnaire with moral and ethical questions such as I tend to manipulate others to get my way. They then asked them to answer if they wanted to be taller or if they were satisfied and how much they used to have these kinds of thoughts.
“Our study provides the first assessment of how dark triad traits are related to height and attitudes towards height,” the scientists said.
While there are strong and tall men who manage to impose themselves on others with their physique, these other men do so with their character. Monika Kozłowska, lead author of the Polish paper, explained that “short people with traits such as psychopathy” can use them “to demand respect, impose costs on others, and impress romantic partners“. In this way, by boasting of a supposed power, they can get “others to perceive them as higher than they really are.”
On the other hand, short stature does not have the same effects on the character of women, as experts have shown: “Shorter women may resort to deception to appear more desirable or to gain protection and resources.”
In light of the results, Kozłowska has concluded that “the behavioral syndromes of the dark triad traits may be part of a set of psychological systems” that have given short people results to “continue competing in the great challenges of the life”. Also, having these psychological traits can “provide advantages in the domains of survival and mating” that compensate for everything that a great physicist cannot provide.