Category Psychology

Queen Voluptuous

Once, when Nature’s overpowering vigorousness Conceived each day children this monstrous I would love to have lived with a young giantess Around her feet like a cat to a queen voluptuous. Would love to have seen the spirit that grew out of her Distending as she played her terrible game From the damp mist that […]

The Ames Room

In an Ames Room two or more people of the same size standing in a space appear to be of dramatically different sizes, even though they are actually the same size. Adelbert Ames, Jr. (August 19, 1880 – 1955) was an American scientist who made contributions to physics, physiology, ophthalmology, psychology, philosophy, and physiological optics. […]

Megalophobia

Quite often the  primary response to The Incredible Shrinking Man’s ambition to downsize the human body is the fear of being exposed to animals. As we’ll shrink, our environment and everything in it will appear a lot larger. The fear of large animals and objects is called megalophobia and involves things like airplanes, ships and […]

Koro Syndrome

The Incredible Shrinking Man is interested in mapping shrink desires that already exist in society. But we shouldn’t close our eyes to the opposite; the fear to shrink. One of the more curious manifestations of this fear is the Koro Syndrome, the pathological fear that the genitals are shrinking into the body, sometimes unflatteringly called […]

Shrink Utility Vehicle (SUV)

It is not easy to convince ourselves that we need to shrink. On the contrary, many people seem obsessed with growing taller. Yet, signs of  a deeply rooted desire to shrink may already manifest itself in small signs in everyday life. People drive oversized cars, wear oversized sunglasses, walk oversized dogs and drink oversized soda’s. […]

Napoleon Complex Myth

Napoleon complex (also, Napoleon syndrome or Small Man syndrome) is a colloquial pejorative term used to describe a type of inferiority complex which is said to affect people who are short. The term is also used more generally to describe people who are driven by a perceived handicap to overcompensate in other aspects of their […]