Napoleon Complex: What Is It? 4 Main Symptoms of the Complex

What is Napoleon Complex?

Napoleon Complex is a term that refers to people who are shorter than average and have feelings of inferiority based on their height. It was coined by the American psychologist Alfred Adler in 1912. [1]

It’s not actually an officially recognized disorder, but it’s been around for centuries. In this blog post, we will discuss the history of the Napoleon Complex as well as how you can work with your therapist or counselor if you think that you might be suffering from it. 

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What are the Symptoms of Napoleon Complex?

Some of the symptoms that are typically associated with Napoleon Complex include:

  • Comparing yourself to others taller than you. 
  • Feeling ashamed, angry, and/or resentful about your height.
  • Holding a grudge against people who remind you of how short you are.
  • Being easily frustrated by things that other people can do without difficulty because they’re tall enough for them (e.g., reaching high cabinets). This is in comparison to feeling incompetent or weak when it comes to tasks where being shorter might inconvenience someone else (such as carrying heavy objects upstairs).

In extreme cases, this may lead sufferers into having suicidal thoughts if they feel there’s no escape from their unpleasant reality and feel like inferior.

How to Avoid Napoleon Complex?

The best way to avoid this complex is by not noticing your height. It’s difficult, but if you don’t compare yourself with other people and focus on what you have that they might envy then it will become easier over time. You can also admit to the problem and accept who you are instead of constantly feeling like a victim because of how tall others may be in comparison to you. 

A support group could help make some sense of any feelings of isolation or depression resulting from the Napoleon Complex. The supportive environment found at these groups would allow sufferers an opportunity for social interaction without having their physical shortcomings take center stage all the time.”

Is it so Common?

The Napoleon Complex is not a medically recognized condition, but it does have some recognition in psychology as being the cause of certain behaviors.” There are many celebrities who have lower heights than average, as we mentioned in the “Napoleon complex in Females and Most Successful Short Female Celebrities.

How Is It Treated?

This condition is treated with some form of psychotherapy, generally in one-on-one sessions where patients can learn about their feelings surrounding height and how it affects them. In addition, physical treatments such as using a cane or ankle bracelets are often prescribed to help maintain balance while walking; doctors may recommend certain stretches that strengthen muscles around the hips and thighs; finally, drugs like beta blockers are sometimes used to treat blood pressure issues caused by shortness.”

Last Updated on December 2, 2021 by William Lindberg

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