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New research says short people are angrier and more violent than tall people

Height is might. In today’s culture and society, people place more emphasis on the physical build and appearance of individuals which makes individuals who do not meet those standards to feel ashamed or inferior about their own bodies. Such perceptions can influence how people think and behave.

A group of researchers in Georgia, USA have conducted a study testing the correlation between common aggressive male behavior and men’s perceptions on the prevailing stereotypical gender norms. The group included Dr. Dennis Reidy from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia and three fellows from the Department of Psychology in the University of Georgia.

They wanted to know whether men who experienced male discrepancy stress, which is the inadequacy men feel when they fail to meet the expected traditional gender norms, would be more affected and inclined to commit behaviors such as drug abuse, violence, and crime in order to compensate for their lack of masculinity in the eyes of society.

The study involved 600 men from the USA who were asked through an online platform to answer surveys that would determine their own perceptions of gender norms and roles, and the dissonance resulting from the discrepancy they perceive of themselves through actions that try to assert male dominance.

According to the analysis of results, men who experienced a higher discrepancy stress and thus felt less masculine were nearly three times more likely to engage in violent physical assaults, often with the use of a weapon.

As regards drug abuse and other risky behavior such as driving under the influence of alcohol, there was only a low correlation and thus, it wasn’t significant enough to conclude that a man’s perception of his masculinity would result in such behavior.

A few years ago, another study funded by the Medical Research Council and conducted by a group of scientists from Oxford University, revealed that people do experience this condition called “short man syndrome”. They have found that there is an adverse effect on people’s psychological perception of themselves related to their height.

The experiment involved the use of virtual reality technology to simulate what people would experience when they became shorter. Participants put on a VR headset and headphones in which they would see themselves in a controlled environment where they take a trip in the subway.

They went through the experiment twice, first with their normal height and a second time wherein the simulation would alter their perspective and decrease their height by 10 in or 25 cm. Researches said that they didn’t inform the participants that alterations were made on their height during the two simulations.

After going through the experiment, participants indicated that when their height was lowered, they had felt more inferior or incompetent. There was an obvious decrease in self-esteem evidenced by higher levels of paranoia and fear as well as having feelings of mistrust toward the other passengers in the train.

One participant commented, “I felt more intimidated the first time [lowered condition], not sure why. There was a girl who kept putting her hand to her face, the man with the blue T-shirt was shaking his head at me, they were staring more at me."

They also had the tendency to think that other people were deliberately staring at them, thinking badly of them, or looking down on them.

Professor Daniel Freeman, who led the research said, “Being tall is associated with greater career and relationship success.

“Height is taken to convey authority, and we feel taller when we feel more powerful. It is little wonder then that men and women tend to over-report their height.

"In this study we reduced people's height, which led to a striking consequence: people felt inferior and this caused them to feel overly mistrustful. This all happened in a virtual reality simulation, but we know that people behave in VR as they do in real life.”

Feelings of inadequacy and inferiority can have a negative impact on people’s confidence, self-esteem, and self-image, and this could lead to wrong actions and behavior that can harm oneself and others. We need to break this kind of toxic masculinity and stop setting standards on beauty that don’t necessarily prove to be the best indicator of a person’s worth or value.
New research says short people are angrier and more violent than tall people New research says short people are angrier and more violent than tall people Reviewed by Exuperist on November 09, 2018 Rating: 5

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