Tall poppy syndrome  

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Tall poppy syndrome (TPS) is a pejorative term primarily used in the UK, Canada, New Zealand and other Anglosphere nations to describe a social phenomenon in which people of genuine merit are resented, attacked, cut down, or criticised because their talents or achievements elevate them above or distinguish them from their peers.

Australia's usage of the term has evolved and is not uniformly negative. (See below) In Australia, a long history of 'underdog' culture and profound respect for humility in contrast to that of Australia's English feudal heritage results in a different understanding of 'Tall Poppy Syndrome'.

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