There are many things in life we can influence, but one thing we can’t control is our height. For a man in the US, average height is around 5’ 10.” And where we end up in relation to that marker can often have a big impact on our lives.
In today’s episode, Seth Ulinski and I talk about the subtle, and sometimes not-so-subtle, impact of height bias and heightism in our culture.
Seth Ulinski is a market research professional and the author of Amazing Heights: How Short Guys Stand Tall. In his book, Seth explores society’s height bias, addressing unique challenges faced by shorter men in fashion, sports, dating and at the workplace. It also includes inspiring stories about shorter men who’ve achieved greatness, plus insights and suggestions for how shorter men can maximize their appearance. At 5’7″, Seth is a card-carrying member of the short guy fraternity so he has a lot of personal experience and wisdom to share on the topic.
- Height bias vs heightism
- The real-life challenges of being a shorter man
- Why a person’s height can be impacted by other things besides his genetics
- How famous shorter individuals like Mark Zuckerberg and Jon Stewart consciously change their behavior to appear taller in comparison to others
- Seth’s near-death experience, and the other health challenges that have shaped the way he views life
- Real vs. self-imposed limitations of shorter stature
- Notable athletes, politicians, business leaders, and war heroes who are shorter than you might think
- How research shows perception of height can be skewed based on education level and perceived power
- Strategies shorter men can use to optimize the appearance of their height
- The challenges of online dating for shorter men
- Amazing Heights: How Short Guys Stand Tall
- Peter Manning
- Ashe & Erie
- Blink, by Malcolm Gladwell
- “Power Pose” TED Talk, Amy Cuddy
- The Modest Man