The Alpha and Beta-principle categorizes men into two distinct groups depending on their social traits not only in a group but also towards the opposite sex. Just like their names suggest, taken from the Greek alphabet, they illustrate a certain hierarchy. For a long time, Alpha has been said to be better than Beta….. but times have changed, the power of Brain decides one’s capability in this 21st century.
However, more than a decade into the 21st century, one might argue that those traits are no longer needed, when we can access gyms. Before we pick a side though, let’s get clear on definitions. For the gentlemen, here’s a guide serving to identify yourselves.
Alpha Males consists of the greatest part of the male population. According to scientists, one possible explanation is that during Stone Age, the men who were most successful during the hunt for food, were physically strong, had a high amount of testosterone and an aggressive behavior (Alpha-traits) which gave them a greater chance of surviving. Basically Darwinism and the “Survival of the fittest”. In the animal kingdom, Alpha gets to be the first to pick the female in the group (sometimes he has the right to all females). He runs the pack and makes the calls. When speaking of humans, the traits are there as well but more subtle; Alphas have a strong self-esteem, work in top positions and get to date the most desirable girls.
Alpha Star-signs: Leo, Scorpio, Aquarius, Sagittarius, Taurus, Capricorn, Libra, Gemini.
Famous Alphas: James Bond, Ari Gold, Bill Clinton, Gordon Gekko, Patrick Bateman, Tiger Woods, Kobe Bryant.
Alpha-animals: Lion, Gorilla, Shark.
Beta Males are in minority. Being artistic and calm, the betas that lived during stone-age, creating art on the cave wall and attending his wife’s need, were unfortunately not the ones that made it to the second round. Nonetheless, Beta males are intellectual as they prioritize brains before muscle. Beta is not necessarily a follower to Alpha, rather a different kind. He avoids confrontation and risks. He does not have a need to expose himself and keeps in the background.
He is diplomatic and conciliatory. He is poetic and sensitive. He appreciates beauty. He has an inner self-esteem, and does not prove his value in materialistic terms. He is “chilled” and a “cool dude”. He is cordial and warm. Beta-males are content with non-traditional gender roles a.k.a does not think “Men have to be Men”.
Beta Star signs: Pisces, Cancer, Aries, Virgo.
Beta-Animals: Dog, Wolf, Panther, Cameleon, Sheep.
Famous Beta-Males: Dan Humphrey, Nate Archibald, Mark Zuckerberg, Dr. Phil, Dalai Lama, Jim Halpert, Peter Parker.
Closing thought: A combination of an alpha and beta is of course possible, but rare. Picture Dalai Lama introducing himself as Lama, Dalai Lama with a James Bond-attitude. In this dog-eat-dog world, one can be anything. Being Alpha or Beta does not matter, you can be either muscular or brainy or both. Everyone can make living, unlike stone age where men who hunt only are considered superior. Remember HULK vs Hulk Buster (Iron Man) fight in Avengers: Age of Ultron. Muscle vs Technical Brain.