Stand up man

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Standing figure in Greek costume (from a Nuremberg toy pattern book from the 19th century)
Stand up man

A stand-up man is an object, often in the form of a human figure, that always positions itself in an upright position.


The standing figure usually has a rounded bottom and a very low center of gravity . Any change in the position of a man standing up leads to a lifting of the center of gravity, so that the man standing up is straightened up again by gravity . If the stand-up man has a hemispherical underside, the center of gravity must be below the center of the sphere.

According to the same physical principle, there are also objects that are attached to a “standing leg”, for example a punching ball , a globe or a one-legged stool. Some ship types, such as sailing yachts are also designed with a very low center of gravity so that they alone back in heavy seas or crosswind from again from their angle and not capsize can.


Standing man

Colloquially, the term stand-up man is used for those people who do not allow themselves to be discouraged by defeats or failures, overcome them and repeatedly “get involved in life” and try to master it themselves. In psychology, this ability is called resilience .

See also


  • O. Gruhne: self-made stand-up men , natural sciences in teaching physics / chemistry 27 (1979)

Web links

Commons : Stand Up Figures  - Collection of images, videos and audio files
Wiktionary: Stand up man  - explanations of meanings, word origins, synonyms, translations

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Knaur: The German Dictionary , Lexigraphisches Institut München 1985, page 915