Study: Short-Man Syndrome Is Real


It turns out men on the shorter side really do feel like they have something to prove. Researchers at Vrije University in the Netherlands split a group of 42 men into pairs and allowed them to meet their opponents in a money sharing game researchers called the Dictator Game. The game is used to assess how fairly individuals treat others. They found that shorter men responded more aggressively when competing in the game, as long as there were no repercussions. Lead researcher Jill Knapen says, “It’s probably smart for short men to be like this because they have [fewer] opportunities to get resources.” Specifically, the shortest men in the study, around 5-foot-seven inches, were most aggressive, while the tallest men in the study, at six-foot-two inches, were least aggressive. This all means that the Napoleon Complex is real– science says so.