La sindrome dell'uomo basso è reale, dicono gli scienziati, & i tipi più piccoli in realtà sono più cattivi

SHORT man syndrome is real, dicono gli scienziati, and smaller blokes actually are meaner.

A study suggests the vertically challenged often “compensate with antagonistic behaviours”.

La sindrome dell'uomo basso è reale - pictured Twins stars Danny DeVito and Arnold Schwarzenegger

La sindrome dell'uomo basso è reale – pictured Twins stars Danny DeVito and Arnold SchwarzeneggerCredito: Credito: Pictorial Press Ltd / Alamy Stock Photo
Ten famous shorties - including Danny DeVito, Daniel Radcliffe and Napoleon Bonaparte
Ten famous shortiesincluding Danny DeVito, Daniel Radcliffe and Napoleon Bonaparte

It backs the “Napoleon complex” teoria, with the French emperor accused of trying to make up for his 5ft 6in height by waging wars in Europe.

Modern-day tyrant Vladimir Putin is just one inch taller, though 4ft 10in Twins star Danny DeVito bucks the trend as he is deemed a nice guy.

Scientists quizzed 367 US adults on how they felt about their height.

Shorter respondents who wished they were taller, especially men, rated themselves as narcisista, deceitful or cynical.

Monika Kozlowska, of Wroclaw University, Polonia, disse: “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.

Ms Kozlowska said height is “an essential factor in relationships”, which could date back to our ­ancestors needing to fight off competition for mates.