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Does Your Height Affect Your Success? Is Taller Really Smarter?
Research shows that tall people, both men and women, tend to be more successful in their careers than short people. At the same time, there are many successful people who are also short.
A few successful short people include Senator John McCain (5’7”), Jon Stewart (5’7”), Prince (5’2”), James Madison, 4th President of the U.S. at 5’4”), Dolly Parton (5’0”), Martin Luther King (5’7”), and Danny Devito (5’0”).
Romantically Speaking, Men Have the Advantage Where Height Is Concerned
When it comes to romantic interests, women generally prefer men who are a couple of inches taller than themselves. There is a difference between preferring tall men (6 feet tall and over), and preferring men a couple of inches taller than themselves.
Men usually prefer petite women romantically speaking, regardless of their own height. Men would seem to have the advantage when it comes to romantic preferences of the opposite sex. Women prefer men who are a little taller than themselves, while men want tiny, short, women even when they are 6 feet tall and over.
Biology and Evolution May Play a Part In Our Attitudes On Height
“Theoretically, the importance of height has evolutionary origins, because animals use height as an index for power and strength when making fight-or-flight decisions. Quoting D. G. Freedman (1979), “Throughout nature the rule is the bigger, the more dangerous.” Thus, from a socio-biological perspective, height equals power and therefore demands respect, (Judge).”
Does taller mean smarter?
Are Tall People Smarter?
Some researchers have gone so far as to say that taller people are more successful simply because they are smarter. This is an interesting way of looking at things. You see, the reason some people are taller is not just a result of genetics as one might expect, but also of socioeconomic level, (Hall).
Underprivileged children do not always receive the necessary proper nutrition either prenatally or postnatally. That can obviously affect not only their height (undernourished children tend to be shorter among other things), but also their brain development, which may in turn affect their intelligence and ability to learn, (Hall). This would be a good reason to see that all pregnant women and all children receive good nutrition. After all, children are the future of our country are they not?
What it really boils down to where intelligence is concerned, in my humble opinion, is that people who reach their height potential, whether the end result is taller or shorter on average, tend to be smarter than people who do not, because they almost certainly received the necessary nutrients and other growth requirements during gestation and their postnatal years necessary to reach their biological potential. Therefore one cannot assume short people are less intelligent than tall people because even though some people are short, they may still have reached their optimum height potential.
Employers Seem To Prefer Taller Employees
It is true that many employers equate tallness with more capability and competence. Tall people are hired more often and promoted more often than short people, when employers must choose between tall and short candidates (Judge).
An interesting bit of trivia that pertains to this topic is the fact that “in the 28 presidential elections between 1790 and 2011, 18 of the winning candidates have been taller than their opponents,” (Wikipedia).
The Short and the Tall of It
What Part Does Height Play In Your Assessment of People?
What is your opinion on height? Is it a consideration when deciding to date someone? Do you think tall people are smarter or easier going? (Some people believe short people suffer from a neurosis referred to as the Napoleon Complex where a person’s “short stature makes them feel inadequate, leading to an inferiority complex and the adoption of overaggressive behavior to compensate for lack of height and power,” (Judge).
As with so many common beliefs some people hold, sometimes it is a good idea to take inventory of just what you believe and why you believe it. It may be time to tweak your beliefs on height . . .
References for this hub:
Hall, Stephen S. “Success Is Relative, and Height Isn’t Everything.” The New York Times, Health November 28, 2006: n. page. Online. Internet. 22 November 2011. Available http://www.nytimes.com/2006/11/28/health/28height.html
Judge, Timothy A., and Cable, Daniel M. “The Effect of Physical Height on Workplace Success and Income: Preliminary Test of a Theoretical Model.” Journal of Applied Psychology 2004, Vol. 89, No. 3,428-441. Online. Internet. 22 November 2011. Available faculty.washington.edu/mdj3/MGMT580/Readings/.../Judge.pdf
Wikipedia. Height Discrimination. October 30, 20ll. Online. Internet. 22 November 2011. Available http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Height_discrimination
Wikipedia. Heights of Presidents of the United States and presidential candidates. November 2 2011. Online. Internet. 22 November 2011. Available http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heights_of_Presidents_of_the_United_States_and_presidential_candidates