We have all heard of Tinkerbell the fiery fairy from the Peter Pan story, today I came across this article on the Daily Mail and found it quite interesting. For years we have heard of the Napoleon complex that describes a man of shorter than average stature having and alleged inferiority complex due to their height causing them to feel like they have to prove themselves to everyone. It seems they now believe there’s a female version of this which they have named the ‘Tinkerbell Syndrome’
Tinkerbell is a character created by J.M Barries 1904 play and 1911 Novel of ‘Peter and Wendy’ (source wikipedia). Since then she has been adapted in many ways and has become an iconic part of the Disney. Tinkerbell is fiery, feisty, determinded and hates it when she doesn’t get her own way and is very ambitious, traits they believe the more petite females to have.
The Daily Mail article suggests being petite makes you more ambitious and wanting to succeed and points out many successful petite women. A couple of the comments on the Daily Mail are saying that the article is suggesting only petite people have the ambition and drive to succeed, i believe the article is pointing out how petite people feel like they have to prove themselves in society, rather than saying only petite people have the want to succeed, it has no mention that other heights and their will to succeed in life , of course in life you have the people who are determined and others that aren’t no matter what height.
I used to feel like i needed to prove myself and hated being patronised and made out like i was incapable of things which i was very capable of doing, I got quite annoyed when people underestimated me, i try and not let it bother me so much now as its pointless i only need to prove to myself but what are your thoughts and views do you believe in this so called ‘Tinkerbell Syndrome’ or do you think its a load of rubbish? I’d like to hear your views, opinions and experiences. Comments Welcome.