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The surprising science of alpha males | Frans de Waal

In this fascinating look at the alpha male, primatologist Frans de Waal explores the privileges and costs of power while drawing surprising parallels between how humans and primates choose their leaders. His research reveals some of the unexpected capacities of alpha males -- generosity, empathy, even peacekeeping -- and sheds light on the power struggles of human politicians. Someone who is big and strong and intimidates and insults everyone is not necessarily an alpha male, de Waal says.

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Why the 'alpha male' stereotype is wrong | Frans de Waal

Big and strong? That's not what makes an alpha male, says primatolgist Frans de Waal.

- The cultural notion of an alpha male as a strong, mean aggressor is rampant but wrong. The reality is more complex.

- Frans de Waal notes two types of alpha males: Bullies and leaders. In chimpanzee society, the former terrorizes the group while the latter mediates conflict.

- The reign of alpha male bullies usually ends poorly in the wild. Chimpanzee bullies get expelled or even killed by their group, while leader alphas are somewhat democratically kept in power, sometimes for as long as 12 years.

Frans de Waal is a Dutch/American biologist and primatologist. He teaches at Emory University and directs the Living Links Center for the Study of Ape and Human Evolution, in Atlanta, Georgia. He is known for his popular books, such as Chimpanzee Politics (1982), Bonobo: The Forgotten Ape (1997) and The Age of Empathy (2009). He has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences and the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences. His latest book is Mama's Last Hug: Animal Emotions and What They Tell Us about Ourselves (

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Why people (and chimps) throw temper tantrums | Frans de Waal

Primatologist Frans de Waal explains the primal instinct that unites humans and chimpanzees.

- Humans throw temper tantrums when they feel frustrated, lose power, or sense a threat to their status or security.

- Chimpanzees exhibit the same behavior; alpha male chimps who lose their status throw tantrums to elicit sympathy from their group, hoping to have their power restored.

- But that tactic almost never works, notes primatologist Frans de Waal. An important lesson for humans from chimps.

Frans de Waal is a Dutch/American biologist and primatologist. He teaches at Emory University and directs the Living Links Center for the Study of Ape and Human Evolution, in Atlanta, Georgia. He is known for his popular books, such as Chimpanzee Politics (1982), Bonobo: The Forgotten Ape (1997) and The Age of Empathy (2009). He has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences and the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences. His latest book is Mama's Last Hug: Animal Emotions and What They Tell Us about Ourselves (

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Do "Alpha Males" Exist?

Alpha Males are a controversial topic. But do alpha males exist in humans or do they only exist in the animal kingdom? Why am I using the alpha male terminology even though it creates some misunderstandings and why you should watch Frans de Waals ted talk: the surprising science of alpha males. We'll discuss all these alpha male questions in todays video.

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Frans De Waal Says Primates Can Teach Us A Great Deal About The Origins Of Justice, Power And Morali

Frans de Waal is director of the Living Links Center at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center and a professor of psychology at Emory University. His current research includes food-sharing, social reciprocity and conflict-resolution in primates,

"Perspective-taking and Dishonest Communication in Primates and Other Animals" Frans de Waal

On November 17th, 2017, The Lying Conference was held in Atlanta, Georgia. Frans de Waal is a Psychologist at Emory University and Yerkes Primate Center.

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Alpha Male - National Geographic Study (MUST SEE)

How to be alpha male? This video will show you the traits of an alpha male and what a beta male is.

Watch how alpha and beta males interact with one another.

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The video shows the traits and characteristics of ALPHA and BETA males.

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Animal emotions and empathy with Frans de Waal

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Do animals show empathy? Are there any signs of morality in animal societies? Can a monkey distinguish right from wrong? And what are the standards of what is right and what is not? Does morality evolve in time both for human societies and animal societies?

It is hard to imagine that empathy—a characteristic so basic to the human species that it emerges early in life, and is accompanied by strong physiological reactions—came into existence only when our lineage split off from that of the apes. It must be far older than that. Examples of empathy in other animals would suggest a long evolutionary history to this capacity in humans. Over the last several decades, we’ve seen increasing evidence of empathy in other species. Emotions suffuse much of the language employed by students of animal behavior -- from social bonding to alarm calls -- yet are often avoided as explicit topic in scientific discourse. Given the increasing interest of human psychology in the emotions, and the neuroscience on animal emotions such as fear and attachment, the taboo that has hampered animal research in this area is outdated. The main point is to separate emotions from feelings, which are subjective experiences that accompany the emotions. Whereas science has no access to animal feelings, animal emotions are as observable and measurable as human emotions. They are mental and bodily states that potentiate behavior appropriate to both social and nonsocial situations. The expression of emotions in face and body language is well known, the study of which began with Darwin. Frans de Waal will discuss early ideas about animal emotions and draw upon research on empathy and the perception of emotions in primates to make the point that the study of animal emotions is a necessary complement to the study of behavior. Emotions are best viewed as the organizers of adaptive responses to environmental stimuli. If you like this kind of stuff you should read: Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are?

3 Problems With The Alpha Male Archetype

Who doesn’t want to be the alpha male? He is confident, smart, successful, strong and does great with the ladies. He’s a leader of men and has top a position in the so called dominance hierarchy. Well, if we believe dating coaches, pick up artists and dr. Jordan Peterson, the alpha male archetype doesn’t only exist, but it’s highly recommended that you become one yourself.

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What evidence is there that animals are conscious beings? | Frans de Waal

Consciousness has long been difficult to define, whether you're a biologist, neuroscientist, or philosopher.

So Frans de Waal looks at what actions humans take that require conscious thought.

Comparing them to actions in certain animals suggests consciousness is not a human trait alone.
Frans de Waal is a Dutch/American biologist and primatologist. He teaches at Emory University and directs the Living Links Center for the Study of Ape and Human Evolution, in Atlanta, Georgia. He is known for his popular books, such as Chimpanzee Politics (1982), Bonobo: The Forgotten Ape (1997) and The Age of Empathy (2009). He has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences and the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences. His latest book is Mama's Last Hug: Animal Emotions and What They Tell Us about Ourselves (

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Jordan Peterson: Alpha males & everyone below them

Jordan Peterson talks in this video about dominance hierarchies (which include Alpha males, Beta males, Zeta males, etc) and other interesting things. Peterson's 12 Rules for Life audiobook:

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A discussion on chimpanzees, dominance hierarchies and how humans evolved.

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Clip 4: Alpha male to the rescue (Templeton Foundation)

A conversation between Frans de Waal, author of The Age of Empathy: Nature's Lessons for a Kinder Society, and Carl Zimmer, Discover magazine. For more information about Templeton Book Forum events, please visit

Dr. Frans de Waal - The Feelings of Animals

Science journalist Lone Frank speaks with professor Frans de Waal, who is doing research into non-human animals and non-human animal behaviour at Emory University i Atlanta, Georgia, among other places.

The interview touches upon issues like whether non-human animals are feeling in the same way we are, whether they for instance can feel love, jealousy and empathy and whether they can act outright evil.

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THE SEXUAL WORLD: Frans De Waal: Evolution

Frans De Waal speaks about the evolution of sexuality and his studies concerning Bonobos and their sexual habits. Produced by Blisss Productions blisss.com all Interviews by Dr. Paul Abramson, topexpertwitness.com Directed and edited by John W. Oliver blisss.com
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The Sad Truth About Alpha Males

Frans de Waal

El Psicólogo y primatólogo holandés Frans de Waal, conversa con la filósofa Paulina Rivero Weber, sobre uno de sus grandes temas de interés: la etología, ciencia que estudia la conducta de los animales en su medio natural, aunque también se refiere a las relaciones que los humanos establecemos con los animales y plantea la pregunta de si los humanos somos capaces de entender la inteligencia animal.

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Entrevista realizada por la filósofa Paulina Rivero Weber

Morals Without God? Frans de Waal and Jeff Schloss discuss at Emory University

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Frans De Waal talks about Empathy with Edwin Rutsch

The Center for Building a Culture of Empathy - A portal for empathy and compassion related resources; art, articles, definitions, conferences, experts, history, interviews, newsletter, science, videos, etc. For more on empathy visit our website. This is part of a larger documentary project by Edwin Rutsch on the nature of empathy. We hope you'll connect and get involved in Building a Culture of Empathy.

One of the most influential people in the study of empathy is the Professor of Primate Behavior, Frans de Waal. Video taped 2011-03-02

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Morality without religion. Frans de Waal (2011)

Human morality is older than our current religions, and may go back to tendencies observable in other mammals. In a bottom-up view of morality, this talk is one man's road to discovering an array of positive tendencies in animals at a time when competition and aggression were the only themes.
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Franciscus Bernardus Maria Frans de Waal (born 29 October 1948) is a Dutch primatologist and ethologist. He is the Charles Howard Candler professor of Primate Behavior at the Emory University psychology department in Atlanta, Georgia, and director of the Living Links Center at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center and author of numerous books including Chimpanzee Politics and Our Inner Ape. His research centers on primate social behavior, including conflict resolution, cooperation, inequity aversion, and food-sharing. He is a member of the United States National Academy of Sciences and the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences.
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