When the term Alpha Male is applied to a man, it refers to a type of man who is strong, smart and a leader. Other males naturally respect his decisions and don't challenge him. An Alpha Male looks and behaves in ways that make it evident that he is the leader and not to be challenged. He moves and stands in ways that show he expects to get what he wants without being questioned. The Alpha Male looks in all ways a little better than the rest of the males. He stands out as cleaner, neater, stronger, healthier, smarter and more aggressive than the other males.
Every wolf pack has a leader who dominates and leads the other members of the pack. The leader is known as the Alpha Male. Other animals that generally live in a group with an Alpha Male in charge are these:
Male animals living in groups with an Alpha Male compete to be the leader of the group because of the benefits in the top position. The main benefit is unrestricted breeding rights to one or more females. This powerful drive for the perks at the top is nature's selection process that brings the strongest and smartest male to the leadership position to produce the most offspring.
Every type of female (animal and human)which mates with the Alpha Male type has a good chance of successfully raising healthy offspring. This has been true for millions of years. Therefore, female DNA programming in most species is tuned for the females to be attracted to the strong Alpha Male type.
He is strong, but strong doesn't mean a lot of muscles. It means a male who gets around in the world by himself and gets what he wants through confidence, courage, intellect, and high determination. He moves slowly and deliberately with no wasted motions. He stands proudly erect, relaxed, and alert in all situations.
An Alpha Male is generous, outgoing and cheerful with everyone, for he has no worries. The Alpha Male has confidence that he will get everything he wants and can overcome any resistance or opposition. Petty problems and inconveniences are ignored and accepted without outbursts of anger or emotion because he is emotionally stable and strong.
Interesting research found that males, especially young ones in teenager years, compete in many subtle ways for a perceived Alpha Male position on sports teams, gangs, or in neighborhoods. One way they demonstrate their Alpha Maleness is by taking risks and doing dangerous things. Risk-takers think they are advertising their fitness to potential mates by showing off their strength and bravery. This is just a variation on the mating dance ritual that males in many species have done for eons.
The surprising results of research on such situations were reported in "Evolution and Human Behavior Journal," vol. 26, p. 171: "Men thought women would be impressed by pointless gambles, but women preferred cautious men." And that makes sense because females need a live mate to help raise the offspring and not a dead hero.
An Alpha Male establishes his territory and holds it as long as he wants it. His relaxed and confident body language says he is comfortable there and plans to hold his territory, even if he has to fight for it. He does this for three reasons:
Instinctually for survival reasons, females seek an Alpha Male who can protect them and who will help them raise strong, healthy offspring.
Guys: If you want to gain many more points with the women, study these things above.
© Copyright 2005, revised 2009, 2015 by Lawrence Rodrigues, M.S., Director: EastWest Institute for Self-Understanding.
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