Napoleon complex  

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In the fields of psychology and psychoanalysis, Napoleon complex (or Napoleon syndrome, or Short Man Syndrome) is a colloquial term used to describe a type of inferiority complex suffered by people who are short. The term is also used more generally to describe people who are driven by a perceived handicap to overcompensate in other aspects of their lives. This behavior can sometimes go as far as acts of violence or will to dominate those who are taller than the short person.

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