Psychologist on short person syndrome: It's a mechanism to prevent others underestimating you

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Kourtney Kardashian is the shortest of the Kardashian sisters.
Kourtney Kardashian is the shortest of the Kardashian sisters.
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We've all seen it. In a large group of friends or colleagues, the person who's at the centre of attention, the one calling the shots, is not necessarily always the tallest person there or the one with a hulky build.

Rather, the loudest voice in the group is usually coming from the pint-sized adult who seems more imposing than a giant.

People have casually termed this phenomenon of the shortest person often wanting to assert themselves and being a no-nonsense taker "short person syndrome" or "short man syndrome". 

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