27 October, 2020

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Short Man Syndrome Really Does Exist, Oxford Uni Finds

Feeling smaller makes people feel paranoid, mistrustful and more likely to think that people are staring or talking about them, a study by Oxford University finds, the UK Daily Telegraph reports today.

The experience of being shorter increased reports of negative feelings, such as being incompetent, dislikeable or inferior. It also heightened levels of mistrust, fear and paranoia. Height-reduced participants were more likely to think someone else in the virtual train carriage was deliberately staring, thinking badly about them, or trying to cause distress.

RajpalAccording to the newspaper, researchers believe the findings demonstrate the psychologically detrimental effect of experiencing social situations from a position closer to the ground.

Professor Daniel Freeman, who led the Medical Research Council-funded study, said: “Being tall is associated with greater career and relationship success.

“Height is taken to convey authority, and we feel taller when we feel more powerful. It is little wonder then that men and women tend to over-report their height.

“In this study we reduced people’s height, which led to a striking consequence: people felt inferior and this caused them to feel overly mistrustful. This all happened in a virtual reality simulation, but we know that people behave in VR as they do in real life.

“It provides a key insight into paranoia, showing that people’s excessive mistrust of others directly builds upon their own negative feelings about themselves.

“The important treatment implication for severe paranoia that we can take from this study is that if we help people to feel more self-confident then they will be less mistrustful.”

Professor Hugh Perry, who chairs the MRC Neurosciences and Mental Health Board, said: “For people whose lives are affected by paranoid thinking, this study provides useful insights on the role of height and how this can influence a person’s sense of mistrust.”

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    Like “racism”, “sexism” and “ageism” is “heightism” another form of bigotry? ;-)

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      No no, CT is working with UK Telegraph and the Cambridge uni to attack this Raj – Pul Pinadiya

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      yes, it’s actually a type of invisble discrimination !

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    Timely research ;)

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    Excuse me, dear editor, why are photographs of the Fresh Prince of Phukit accompanying this article. Is there a correlation between being vertically challenged and shittiness? Lord Shit of Beira may be short but his dear mother will claim, naturally, that he is perfectly formed – all in proportion.

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    How tall is Rajpal?

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      4ft 6″

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        You are kidding right, he can’t be that short?

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    All of us know that height gives people an advantage and often is a factor that adds to a person’s presence. That said, it does not necessarily follow that short people – at any rate, ALL short people – suffer from a sense of inferiority because of their height. I don’t know what exactly the findings of the Oxford University study were – these findings are not always correctly reported – but if the study concluded that all short people by their very shortness feel insecure and paranoid and have negative feelings, then I simply don’t accept these findings. I have known enough tall people who are paranoid and very, very negative in their thinking and enough short people who are very assured, capable and as free of paranoia as the next person.

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    I now know why people look
    down on Pin Adi Rajpal. He
    might make a good stilt
    walker for a cultural
    festival as long as you
    can give him a mask.
    Otherwise he will scare
    the onlookers away.

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      It comes down his shameless ,unapologetic and unquestionable support for the Rajapaksas. The fact that he is not just a regular journalist but the editor of the largest circulating Lankan newspaper is what ticks people off.

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      Arthur Silva

      “as long as you can give him a mask. Otherwise he will scare the onlookers away.”

      Beauty is in the eye of the beholder or beauty is only skin-deep.

      A person should be judged only by his/her thoughts, words and action not by the person’s beauty.

      Most men in this island are ugly not because of their appearance but because of their ugly thought, word and action.

      Have you forgotten to look in the mirror?

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      He doesn’t require a mask…lol

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    But this diminutive creature’s actions are more less clear to the majorities. Due the fact that their morals are stolen by Rajas, they seem to stay indifferent, deaf and blind. But days of explosion are not far away.
    I really don’t think that Daily news is being sold to many today in the country-

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    However deserving, that’s hitting below the belt :)

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      We’ll have to go on our knees to hit him below the belt!

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    Such unethical reporting of CT, worse than a gossip site! after all we knew that for a long time. And character assasination by an anonymous person.

    Do that openly you people are worse than this Rajpal fellow.

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      this is NOT character assasination Genius ! It’s called sarcasm…….

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        Oxford University defines sarcasm as ‘the use of irony to mock or convey contempt’. So are you saying he is actually tall then genius?

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      No,this is not character assassination (there is NO character to assassinate) this is ‘intellectual’ stone throwing. It is the duty of decent people to sometimes get dirty in order to clear the neighbourhood of vermin.

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        Spring Koha

        “It is the duty of decent people to sometimes get dirty in order to clear the neighbourhood of vermin.”

        Vermin thinks (?) it should remain dirty in order to clear the entire island of decent people.

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    Here’s another example that proves the point – do you all not think he will make a great prime minister?!!:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZVH6ZSbzjM8

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    Cheap, cheap, downright cheap. If you want people to read your news paper refrain from doing stuff like this.

  • 1
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    this is a cheap low-brow shot below the belt Colombopage. Shame on you. Stick to the facts and fight with substance.

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    They say Short people are shrewd people and also smart, but Rajpal is short for sure, but don’t think he’s smart even by accident !

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      As the saying goes “smaller the bugger bigger the rascal”. Is he married? How tall is his wife? Reminds me of the the ballad which was popular during uni days, “Kiri the saadai thambi kade…..”

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        Professional: his partner’s height will not matter as we are all the same height in bed.

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    a scumbug is quite rightly exposed.
    Abother a**licker of the regime which reminds me the famous serrappu Soup AJ Ranasinghe of the Premadasa time.

  • 0
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    How about Dr.Mervyn Shilva???

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    Im no fan of Rajpal. Never known him personally or otherwise except through the readership news. However it is very unfair and downright cowardly to cast personal remarks on peoples physical attributes. This goes against all kinds of human decency and reflects mans animalistic traits springing from hatred and jealousy notwithstanding, perhaps the latter emanating from and the direct result of the former. Who cares how tall or short a guy may be,; There are other attributes, subliminal to height weight color and creed by which to judge the true quality of another human being. It is a pity that this sort of discrimination is commonplace among our Sri Lankans.In the West, it will be construed as discrimination punishable through legal statutes and people challenged physically at birth are given a special place and treated as equals among society. Our Modayas have a long way to go in being recognized by the rest of the world as having climbed down from the trees occupied by their forefathers long ago.

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    CT, Sir, you have not included an important statistic – how tall is Pingadi in feet and inches. Perhaps you did not think it relevant for the article. But then the pictures? You should complete the story regardless of motives.

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    Whatever his height or the length of his you-know-what, Rajpal at least has the personality and good looks to carry it off. This is something that most commenting here will hate more than his political opinion and motives behind them.

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