|A portrait of Napoleon Bonaparte in his study, painted in 1812 by Jacques-Louis David|
"Napoleon complex" is a term named after Emperor Napoleon I of France. The conventional wisdom is that Napoleon compensated for his lack of height by seeking power, war, and conquest. Though he was long reported to have stood at only 5 feet 2 inches (1.57 m), historians have now suggested Napoleon was actually 5 feet 6 inches (1.68 m) tall, taller than the average Frenchman of his time. Napoleon was often seen with his Imperial Guard, which contributed to the perception of his being short because the Imperial Guards were of above average height.
In recent years, the term ‘Napoleon complex’ has been used as an analogy to denote those persons who have little or no standing or importance within a social or business group but who falsely exhibit advanced levels of authority in spite of this lack of real authority, for example a security guard on the gate of a company making decisions above those within their remit simply because of the implied importance of their role.
|"Who sunk my battleship?"|