The Napoleon Complex

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The common perception that a typical person will have if you mention "Napoleon" is the idea of a short, angry, and bossy little man who is aggressive to compensate for being little, in other words having a "Napoleon Complex". Ironically the idea that Napoleon was a short man is false as he was average height for his size at the time. A more useful way to look at a Napoleon complex would be to describe it as, a person who is driven by a perceived handicap to overcompensate in other aspects, in their lives. With this definition, we get what Napoleons mentality was through the course of his life. Napoleon was born into nobility but had very little power at his disposal, to put himself in a position of power he learned how to seemingly change his identity and raise himself in the ranks of the French military. Once he put himself in the most powerful position, in France he began to seek more power by conquering other countries in war and making treaties with them or absorbing them into France all together.. All this was made possible by his aggressive non-stop military style and charismatic ability. Napoleon was one of the most powerful dictators and influential leaders in European history; he was able to accomplish feats that only the great leader of Europe have been able to accomplish through is unrelenting ambition.

Napoleon Bonaparte was born on August 15, 1769 in the city of Ajaccio on the island of Corsica, a conquered colony of France. "It is a paradox to think that a…

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