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Thursday, December 30, 2021

Is There a Difference Between Alpha and Type-A Personalities?

    Alpha male is probably one of the most overused and misunderstood terms in the English language. It’s widely accepted that men can become Alpha through the hard work of building up oneself physically, mentally, economically, and socially. However, the fact of the matter is that the alpha male isn’t as common as people might think. The definition of alpha male according to dictionary.com is the most dominant, powerful, or assertive man in a particular group. Even the most basic meaning of an alpha male implies that there can be only one true leader in a group or organization, not a collective of alpha males. For example, there’s only one alpha male lion that protects the pride from other predators and other male lions. When the male cubs come of age, they typically leave the pride, or the alpha male lion kicks them out of the pride if they don’t submit. Lastly, if a male lion takes over another pride, he subsequently kills off all the cubs of that pride.

    The characteristics of an alpha man aren’t as brutal as an alpha male lion, but there are similarities. He’s confident, usually attractive to the opposite sex, high-income, and at the top of the social ladder, for example. He’s a natural born leader even though he works hard at being a well-rounded individual, and he’s not afraid to defend himself and others in adverse situations.

Alpha Male Lion

    However, the question of the day centers around the similarities and differences between the Alpha and Type-A personalities. The definition of Type-A personality according to Wikipedia.org is outgoing, ambitious, rigidly organized, highly status-conscious, impatient, anxious, proactive, and concerned with time management. People with Type A personalities are often high achieving "workaholics". There are similar traits between the two groups, but the single, most important characteristic an alpha male has that Type-A personality lacks is charisma. Charisma is a gift that all alpha males must have in order to be the person who both sexes gravitate toward.

    In conclusion, Alpha and Type-A personalities are similar but not interchangeable. Type-A individuals are dominant but not necessarily charismatic―they’re likely to be your bosses in the workplace who excel in task mastery and managing people. Leadership comes naturally to alpha males while Type-A males have to work extra hard in order to reach the top of the societal hierarchy.

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