SHORT man syndrome is real, scientists say, and smaller blokes actually are meaner.
A study suggests the vertically challenged often “compensate with antagonistic behaviours”.
Scientists quizzed 367 US adults on how they felt about their height.
Shorter respondents who wished they were taller, especially men, rated themselves as narcissistic, deceitful or cynical.
Monika Kozlowska, of Wroclaw University, Poland, said: “When people cannot be physically formidable, they may become psychologically formidable instead.
“They can use traits such as psychopathy to demand respect and impress romantic partners.
“Appearing more powerful may in turn make others perceive them as taller than they really are.”
The average British bloke is 5ft 9in — but many wish they were taller.
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Ms Kozlowska said height is “an essential factor in relationships”, which could date back to our ancestors needing to fight off competition for mates.