Napoleon complex

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In the fields of psychology and psychoanalysis, Napoleon complex is a colloquial term used to describe a type of inferiority complex suffered by people who are short. Alfred Adler pioneered the psychological work on inferiority complexes, and used Napoléon Bonaparte as an example of someone who he thought was driven to extremes by a psychological need to compensate for what he saw as a handicap: his small stature.

The name is somewhat inappropriate, as Napoleon was in fact slightly taller than the average Frenchman of the 1800s.

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