Well, this is kind of scary.
"He's got a real Napoleon complex" is one of those things you say that never meant anything. You said it if a man, shorter in stature, was arrogant and pushy. It wasn't a compliment, but it wasn't an open insult either; it was just a phrase that was part of the American lexicon.
Now, a study has come out that says not only are short men more likely to become jealous — they're three times more likely to commit violent assaults with a weapon. The study was recently published in the journal Injury Prevention by experts from the Federal Centers for Disease and Prevention.
Study researchers said that men who suffer from male discrepancy stress may see themselves as falling short at male gender norms, and believe that others also see them as not masculine enough. Feeling less masculine makes them act out in violent ways.
In the study, researchers analyzed the responses of 600 American men (aged between 18 and 50) in an online survey about their perceptions of male gender, their own self-image, and behaviors.
The survey also asked questions about the participant's feelings toward topics like taking drugs, violence, and crime.
The men who thought of themselves as not as masculine, and who experienced male discrepancy stress, were nearly three times more likely to have committed violent assaults with a weapon, or assaults that ended with injury to the victim. Not living up to what you believe are gender norms can cause very serious problems.
So, next time you want to say someone has a Napoleon complex, think twice. You don't know the rage that may be boiling under the surface.