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The surprising science of alpha males | Frans de Waal


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Frans de Waal is a primatologist and ethologist, who has done extensive research on moral behavior in animals. Here's one of his popular lectures on the subject:


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In this video, you will learn the science of why girls want the alpha male. The alpha male is kind of used as an umbrella term nowadays but the truth is that girls will never settle for the nice guy. They want someone who will lead and be dominant at all times. You will also learn why nice guys have difficulty succeeding with girls.

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Man is not the only social animal. At the beginning of 2001, Franz de Waal published his work on a group of chimpanzees in the Arnhem zoo, in the Netherlands. He showed the existence of elaborate and subtle rites which, according to him, revealed a political organization. This fueled the foundation of an argument much debated in today’s scientific world. Man would therefore no longer stand as the only «political animal » as defined by Aristotle. Schemes, coalitions, and mediation are all aspects of chimpanzee behavior. Long before man took hold of the political domain, nature had provided other animal species with a whole array of political stratagems, from the most cunning to the most egalitarian: polyergus ants have been practicing slavery for millions of years, hamadryas baboons have a right of veto and deer on the Isle of Rum have established their own democracy. Biologists have even realized that some traits of character used by politicians to fulfill their ambitions (and reach their goals) can be found in other animal species. Domination, alliance-building, seduction and manipulation are forms of intelligence no longer monopolized by man. Barriers continue to fall as discoveries on animal societies throughout the world progress. -

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We live in a world enthralled and enchanted by the victim mindset.⁠ We live in a world where constantly we find ourselves judging other people.⁠

It's funny how highly we regard other people's opinions of ourselves and how lowly we regard our own.⁠ #masculinity #stoic #stoicism

When you care what other people think, you must inherently care less about what you think.⁠

And it translates intrinsically when it comes to explaining yourself to others.

When you start explaining yourself too much you lose your alpha male status, which is something that we definitely do NOT want.

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Awaken Your Alpha: How to Rise Up And Lead Your Life | Adam Lewis Walker | TEDxLSSU

Adam uses his own personal experiences in order to give inspiration to take control and get the most out of life.

Adam is a #1 Best-Selling Author, Speaker, Coach and host of the Top Ranked podcast Awaken Your Alpha.He has been featured on ESPN, The Huffington Post, Influencers Radio, The National Association Of Experts Writers and Speakers and many more.

He quit his job and backpacked around the world for a one year honeymoon.
In attempting to get to the Olympics (2008) Adam suffered a life changing Pole vault accident (top tip – never Pole Vault in the rain!).
As a result, he went on to represent GB in a Paralympic sport in the run up to London 2012.
He is the proud parent to two young sons Dylan and Harrison with his wife Christina originally from just South of London in the UK.
His latest adventure was moving “across the pond” to America at the end of 2015.

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Chimpanzees and Dominance Hierarchies | Jordan B Peterson

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

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Michael Shermer with Dr. Frans de Waal — Animal Emotions and What They Tell Us about Ourselves (#57)

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Based on his latest book — Mama’s Last Hug: Animal Emotions and What They Tell Us about Ourselves — the legendary biologist and primatologist Frans de Waal continues his empirical and theoretical work on animal societies, politics, intelligence, sentience, consciousness and, now, feelings and emotions. In this conversation Dr. de Waal and Dr. Shermer discuss:

• the difference between feelings and emotions
• the problem of “other minds” (how do we know what other people, much less animals, are thinking and feeling?)
• why it took a century since Darwin’s book on the evolution of animal and human emotions before scientists took up the mantle
• the push back from social scientists that Paul Ekman and other scientists, including de Waal, got for suggesting emotions evolved
• A.I. and emotions (can we program feelings into robots?)
• the six different emotions and why there are very probably more
• the nature/nurture debate in the study of emotions
• primate politics in U.S. elections: a biologist analyzes the Trump-Clinton debate #2
• is Trump an alpha male or a bully?
• the difference between sentience and consciousness
• animal rights and the future of factory farming.

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Jordan Peterson: Traits of Alpha Males

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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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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?

ARE YOU AN ALPHA? - Simon Sinek - Why Leaders Eat Last

In this in-depth talk, ethnographer and leadership expert Simon Sinek reveals the hidden dynamics that inspire leadership and trust. In biological terms, leaders get the first pick of food and other spoils, but at a cost. When danger is present, the group expects the leader to mitigate all threats even at the expense of their personal well-being. Understanding this deep-seated expectation is the key difference between someone who is just an authority versus a true leader.

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Have you ever wondered what the alpha male types are? This video will teach you the different alpha male types there are and help show you examples of alpha males in society.

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There is something so sexy and consuming about a man who enters a room, and everyone turns and looks taking in the power that radiates from him. Even without speaking such a man has one thing that makes him different. Confidence. Most guys wonder why we fall in love with such gregarious and outstanding men. Here’s the reason why alpha males are attractive.

They dominate

Alpha males are winners at everything and when they lose they try again and again till they win. They have a competitive innate attribute that makes them be themselves and desire to be the top of everyone. Every girl loves a man who will make her proud wherever they go. Whether it’s a double date in a club and you guys, play darts, and he wins all games or even when playing arm wrestling and he always comes out as the winner. In the career sphere, they also excel and what girl doesn’t want a man who has success painted all over his face and won’t say it? This attribute makes every woman feel secure and proud of the man she is with.

Their confidence makes us melt

Alpha males glow with confidence. They don’t fear life or the future and its uncertainties. They know that their path is meant for greatness and don’t stress over little things. When it comes to their relationships, they are not insecure. They understand that they came into the relationship to give and not to receive because even without the woman their lives is still complete. This fact makes every woman melt and strive to be the woman he needs and can’t do without. We also love a man who is sure of himself and doesn’t let anything or anyone pin him down or kill his esteem. Alpha males walk with their heads high and will hold their ladies in public knowing that she is mine and there’s nothing anyone can do about it.

They are themselves at all times

Alpha males are real and will never pretend to be someone they are not either to fit in or win a girls heart. They are confident with how they look physically and will do everything it takes to improve their physique and mental strength. They are comfortable in their skin and don’t need to prove to anyone they are good enough; they already know they are good enough. Girls love a guy who is himself, a guy who doesn’t lie he loves a dog when you start knowing each other only to find out he hates them and he just lied to get your attention. Alpha males are blunt and won't shy about saying what they like and what they don’t like even if it doesn’t please you. Its honesty and girls love honest guys.

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

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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.

Frans de Waal: Well, my cynical reaction to questions about consciousness is, You tell me what it is, and I tell you if an elephant has it. And that usually shuts people up, because you will not be able to tell me what it is and how I should measure it. That is not a good reaction, because I actually believe that animals have some level of consciousness. So for example, the approach that I sometimes take is that there are certain things that we humans cannot do without consciousness. If we find these kind of actions also in other species, we must assume that they also involve consciousness. So for example, you cannot plan a party for tomorrow for your friends without consciously thinking about how much beer you need, what kind of music you're going to play, who's going to be invited. You have to consciously think about the event before you can plan it. Now we have very good evidence that animals can plan. We have lots of experiments now on it. And we have nature observations. For example, chimpanzees will collect tools on one location and then walk for three miles. And so then an hour later, they're going to use these tools to fish for termites or to open a beehive, meaning that they probably had been planning the action. And we test that out in the laboratory. And we have evidence for planning in birds, for planning in apes. So if they can plan, and we plan consciously, it's very hard to imagine that they can do these same things that we do unconsciously. I find that hard to imagine. We have other things, like thinking back in time, thinking back to events that happened a year ago. Can you do that? We have now ways of testing that it's called episodic memory in animals. And animals have that capacity. You cannot think back to a specific event in time, let's say your wedding or whatever it is, you cannot think back to a specific event without consciously thinking about that. And so there are certain things that animals do and that we have now evidence for that require in humans consciousness, and I think that's a good indicator that the animals must also have that kind of consciousness.

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Moral behavior in animals - Frans de Waal

Empathy, cooperation, fairness and reciprocity -- caring about the well-being of others seems like a very human trait. But Frans de Waal shares some surprising videos of behavioral tests, on primates and other mammals, that show how many of these moral traits all of us share. (Filmed at TEDxPeachtree.)

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

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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.

FRANS DE WAAL: When people lose control, like a tantrum, and start throwing stuff around. There's a famous scene of, I think, it's Steve Ballmer, who lost two of his main engineers to Google and threw chairs around in the office or something. That kind of descriptions exist. Or Nixon when he lost his position and started beating the rug and beating his own head. These tantrums that people sometimes throw, that usually has to do with frustrations, or loss of power, or at least the threat that that power is going to be diminished by somebody else.

And so a tantrum, it's like a two-year-old, basically. Grown men who turn into two-year-olds because they don't get what they want. And that happens. And that happens in chimpanzees also. Not only the tantrums of kids, they happen all the time, especially at weaning age. That's usually, for chimpanzees, at four years of age, the mother starts to push them away from the nipple, and then they throw enormous tantrums and make an enormous amount of noise. But also in adults. And so adult males will throw these tantrums, for example, when they lose their power. So you're the alpha male, and all of a sudden, there's a challenger who doesn't take you seriously anymore and throws rocks at you. And then at some point, if you cannot handle all the pressure, they're going to throw these tantrums, and they try to get the sympathy from the group, who then may support them, and they I think they hope that they will be supported back into their position. Although that almost never happens. So that happens.

And females may throw tantrums when their relationships are threatened. Actually, females are not so much into the power business in the sense that since their power often depends on age and personality, there's not much they can change about that, I think. And they don't just drop from power. That almost never happens. But females have close relationships. And if they have a fight with a good friend, that's where they become extremely emotional. If they have a fight with a rival, with a female that they don't care about, there's very little emotion. They're very cool about that. I just beat her up, and I don't look back at it. But if it is a good friend that they are close to and they have a disagreement with that friend, that is very upsetting, clearly. And they have a very strong emotional response to it. And they very often and I've never seen exceptions to that they very often then come together, and they reconcile, and they make up, and things like that.

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

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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.

FRANS DE WAAL: The alpha male literature, at the moment, in the business world is all about bullying. It's like, 'I'm the biggest, and meanest, and strongest, and I'll beat you over the head.' It is basically also seen as a personality characteristic, too Do you have an alpha personality?

I'm partly responsible for the term alpha male because I wrote Chimpanzee Politics very long ago, and it was recommended by Newt Gingrich to the Republicans to read. I don't know what good it did, but the term alpha male became very popular after that. And for example, the last election, 2016, the word was used all the time to explain the behavior of certain candidates, especially the one who won the election. And so alpha male, the term, has been used over and over, and I think in a very narrow sense. It's always been used in the sense like, who's the biggest and the strongest?

Now, for me, that is not really what the alpha male is about. I think being big and strong has benefits. And certainly, in a chimpanzee society, being big and strong is a way to get to the top. But then once you're at the top, I usually distinguish two kinds of alpha males. I consider the bullies, those are the ones who frighten everybody, and terrorize everybody, and beat them over the head, and win the fights, and so on. And the leaders, the ones who mediate in conflicts, they stop conflicts, they are consoler-in-chief; if someone is distressed because they have lost a fight or whatever, they go over there. In human society, you can see that kind of role also. For example, the pope will go to a village that has been destroyed by an earthquake, or the president will go to a place that had been hurt by a hurricane. So the consoler-in-chief is extremely important. And the mediation role of settling fights and keeping the unity of the group, basically, the unifier of the group, is a very important role as well. And so that's the leader side.

The bullies usually end poorly. In the wild, in chimpanzees, we have bullies who get expelled or even killed by the group. And I think their reign lasts fewer years. So for example, a good alpha male, one of them in the wild lasted for 12 years. And I think the reason these males sometimes can be in power for 12 years is because the group likes them, and so the group has no reason to support a challenger. If there's a challenge coming along who challenges that alpha male, and he's a very good leader, they're going to defend him. They keep him in power. So it's almost like a democratic mechanism right there. And if it's a bully, then the first thing they do if there is a challenger is support the challenger. And so that's why also in chimpanzee society, the alpha male very often is a good leader and is a unifier. And I think it's always very unfortunate if people reduce the position of alpha male to being the strongest, and the meanest, and the biggest.

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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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