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Peter Grabas

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Are one of the reason that more people who are tall -or large- are more successful than not due to primal reasons?

It occurs to me that one of the reason that more people who are tall or large, are more successful than not are subject to primal reasons. Size and expansiveness are subconsciously motivating or de-motivating us in primal ways to succeed or to acquiesce.

If you are short, what were your experiences with success and dominance?
The same question if you are tall, what were your experiences with success and dominance?.

If you are tall or large have you found this to be an asset or a liability with people's expectations or prejudices toward you? The same question if you are short.

People of average height and girth, did you experience or observe any of these preconceptions, expectations or prejudice?

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  • Oct 18 2012: I am 5'6" tall, but I have always carried myself well. I often have people say "What are you;about 5'9"?
    My family moved often when I was growing up, but I managed to do well in school, become sophomore class president, make cheerleader (and then have to move).
    I was looking at the oft repeated myth of Presidential height being a factor in who wins. In my lifetime, that is surely not the case, and at age 12 I remember vividly the Nixon-Kennedy debate. We had returned that day from 14 months overseas, and I had seen NO TV to influence my thoughts. I told my Mom, regarding Nixon; "That man is a crook and I will never vote for him." Surely, Kennedy out-power positioned him, to be sure..
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      Oct 19 2012: Come to think of it Serena--how tall is the average woman? As for Nixon-Kennedy, they were both very extraordinary men, and both very flawed as well. Most pundits claim that Nixon lost the debate because he had that dark 5 o'clock shadow and perspired heavily, much in line with the 50's-60's stereotype of 'crooks.' I dont remember if Kennedy was taller, but lhe certainly looked great on camera. I miss the 'old' days, since there was much more debate over issues and facts unlike today where it really is sound bytes and shallow. (Politics has never changed, but it does swing from better to worse and back, but we are on a worse swing right now)

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