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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Napoleon Complex

'Short guy, tall wife celebrity couples' like Nicholas Sarkozy and Carla Bruni, Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes/Nicole Kidman, etc are not 'short' in supply.

Napoleon complex is a colloquial term describing an alleged type of inferiority complex which is said to affect some people, especially men, who are short in stature. The term is also used more generally to describe people who are driven by a perceived handicap to overcompensate in other aspects of their lives. This maybe one of the reasons why short dudes date tall women. Same reason why men with small packages drive big trucks!

Here are just a few couples I've SHORTlisted.

Nicholas Sarkozy 5' 5" and Carla Bruni 5' 9"

Verne Troyer & Genevieve Gallen
RESPECTIVE HEIGHTS: 2′8″ & 5′6″/5′6″

Mick Jagger & L’Wren Scott

Penny Lancaster and Rod Stewart

Ethan Hawke and Uma Thurman before their divorce

Brigitte Nielsen and Mattia Dessi

Ever dated a shorter guy?


  1. My hubbo is not real tall, about 5 10 and when I wear heels I feel like I tower over him. Actually I don't but I am 5'6" to startwith so 4 inch heels brings me right up to his height!

  2. My husband isn't that tall, but I never dated anyone shorter than me. I would feel like a giant!

  3. My husband is taller than me until I put on heels. I love heels and he hates them because they make me look taller. I told him he should wear heels too.

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  5. I don't think I could have ever dated a guy shorter than me. Don't know why though. Thankfully my hubs is 6' while I'm 5'7 1/2" tall!


  6. my daughter is bordering on 6ft... she never wants to date anyone shorter than herself, I say good luck to that! Oh, and Katie Holmes looks more than 2 inches taller than Tom

  7. It just looks kind of funny to have a tall woman with a short man, but then again my hubby is 8 inches taller than me and that's just what I'm used to!

  8. My hubby is short, but not shorter than me. Some of them are just awkward different. And that last picture, man her arm looks freakishly long.

  9. I love heels and he hates them because they make me look taller. I told him he should wear heels too.

  10. All the guys I have dated are quite tall.

  11. I don't know why but I just have never been willing to date someone shorter than me. Of course, I'm 5'2" so who can blame me?

  12. I am 6'2 and tower over my husband. He has no Napoleon Complex and he's not overcompensating for anything. He loves when wear heels, too! He just loved me for me. He's dated women of all heights prior to me...

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