Your short friends may not trust you, new research suggests.
People who experience social situations from a lower height were more prone to feelings of paranoia, inferiority and excessive mistrust, according to a recently published study.
In a study in the journal “Psychiatry Research,” scientists showed that making a person's virtual height lower than it actually is can make them feel worse about themselves and more fearful that others are trying to harm them.
The research shows how low self-esteem can lead to paranoid thinking, the scientists said, and will be used to develop more effective psychological treatments for severe paranoia, a serious mental health problem.
"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," said Daniel Freeman of Britain's University of Oxford, who led the study.
He explained that in this experiment, when people's height was virtually reduced, they felt inferior and this caused them to feel overly mistrustful.