An international team of researchers appears to have proven the old adage about shorter men being insecure.
The team asked 100 men and 100 women how jealous they were in their relationships and asked another 119 male and 230 female students their responses to someone flirting with their partner.
We’d met on Twitter, so all I’d had to go by was a 5mm square picture of what I have come to know as his “nonplussed face”.
There was no opportunity to specify a preferred size, as you might do on or My Single Friend or John Lewis, when you’re ordering duvets.
In a deeply unscientific study I went on an online dating site and looked at ten female profiles at random.
Seven of them listed an ideal height, which was a greater number than listed an ideal body type (perhaps unsurprisingly when I reversed genders in my search the opposite was true for men seeking women).
This preference for tall was also confirmed by 'qualitative research' of chatting to my friends, many of whom – both petite and super-sized – say they simply find tall men sexier.
According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics the average height of the Australian male aged 25 to 44 years old is 176.3cm – but such is the pressure on men to not be considered short that the same study found that men reported their height as 1.5cm taller than it actually was.
New research has shown that being short can increase feelings of inferiority and incompetence.Sexual attraction largely derives from your upbringing.What’s interesting about my client, Alexis, is that she had it wrong when it comes to her attitude about short men.In the fields of psychology and psychoanalysis, Shortman or Napoleon syndrome is the recognised 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 over compensate in other aspects of their lives.