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October 26, 2023

How to Talk to Short People - Empathy and Body Language

how to talk to short people

When communicating with short people, it is crucial that one be respectful. Short people do not like being made fun of or treated differently due to their height; rather they would like to be heard; this can be achieved by listening more than speaking.

Avoid leaning over them patronizingly and saying things such as, "Oh, what an adorable little baby!" as this can make them feel embarrassed.


Empathy is the feeling of understanding and caring about another's emotions, enabling us to connect with loved ones and understand that they share in our struggles. Empathy also leads to compassion which motivates us to take actions to aid those less fortunate than ourselves. Empathy can be expressed through gestures, words or even body language - though beware any attempts at display condescending behaviors or words which demean short people.

To show kindness to short people, be nonjudgmental and allow them to freely discuss their emotions. When your friend expresses excitement over something, share in her excitement by joining in your joy. However, do not squat or bend when conversing with short people as this may make them feel disrespected; rather stand upright while speaking at eye level as this will help make them feel equal and valued; doing this is an effective way of building trust and strong bonds between you.

Body language

Body language is a form of nonverbal communication that involves non-verbal expressions and posture, used to convey information without using words alone. It includes facial expressions, body posture changes, gestures, eye movements and touch; body language can even reveal hidden messages or feelings from within an individual.

When conversing with short people, it is important not to use names which make them feel disregarded or inferior. Phrases like "munchkin, babydoll," smalls," minuscule," or tiny temper" may cause offence; rather it would be wiser to introduce yourself using both first and last names to start the dialogue.

At all times, when engaging with short people it is essential that we stand upright during conversations; this will prevent them from feeling offended by your posture and will make them feel equal with you. Furthermore, moving back a few steps may help so as to reduce neck strain in short people.

Non-judgmental communication

Non-judgemental communication is an invaluable skill that allows individuals of all backgrounds to feel safe discussing their experiences without judgement from others. This involves avoiding verbal and body language cues that might come across as condescending or judgmental, such as height being unrelated to someone's abilities or interests. Furthermore, cultural differences should be recognized; certain verbal and body language cues may communicate something completely different across cultures.

When conversing with short people, it's best to step back a few steps so as not to loom over them and cause any discomfort or alienation. Furthermore, avoid calling them nicknames such as munchkin, midget, or babydoll as these could make them feel disrespected or humiliated; try instead using their first name or any name they accept instead.


Respect is defined differently for everyone: admiration for someone we consider important while deference towards figures of authority are all forms of respect. Respect also implies acknowledging that all people deserve their rights upheld regardless of who or what they may be.

Be mindful when communicating with short-heighted individuals. Be sensitive to how their height affects them. Avoid calling them names that could make them feel demeaned such as mini-me, midget, munchkin, babydoll, smalls or teeny temper. These terms could make them feel alienated and insulted.

When speaking with short people, always stand up straight rather than squatting or bending to prevent yourself from towering over them and making them uncomfortable. Additionally, maintaining eye-to-eye contact will help avoid any miscommunications or misinterpretations as well as block their view or make them strain their necks to talk with you.