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View Poll Results: Can an alpha male be a nice guy?
No - except in rare circumstances 23 35.38%
Yes - it happens commonly, not rarely 42 64.62%
Voters: 65. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 02-10-2012, 02:39 PM
 
Location: Viña del Mar, Chile
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Well said

Alpha males are not "the enemy" some of these betamanlets, self described "nice guys", and angry young men want to portray them to be.

But hey, I guess they've got to have somebody to focus on or they might actually have to look at themselves and what THEY could be doing to lead happier lives. It's so much easier to be a victim or play the blame game

Ehh, who cares what a bitter follower has to say anyways. They'll never raise their voice or do anything for themselves, just let people push them around. Should be the least of anyone's worries. Let them sit in the corner while the rest of the world passes them by.
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Old 02-10-2012, 02:46 PM
 
Location: Tampa, Florida
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I come back two days later and this thread is still going?

Lame.
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Old 02-10-2012, 02:47 PM
 
Location: TX
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No, the reason we are disagreeing is that I'm going by the actual definition of the term "alpha male" and others are making their own definitions.

I typed in "dictionary.com" and that led me to this site:

Alpha male | Define Alpha male at Dictionary.com

If you scroll down, it ALSO defines an "alpha male" as domineering.

And "overbearing" and "tyrannical" are pretty not-so-nice adjectives as well...
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Old 02-10-2012, 02:51 PM
 
Location: Tampa, Florida
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No, the reason we are disagreeing is that I'm going by the actual definition of the term "alpha male" and others are making their own definitions.

I typed in "dictionary.com" and that led me to this site:

Alpha male | Define Alpha male at Dictionary.com

If you scroll down, it ALSO defines an "alpha male" as domineering.

And "overbearing" and "tyrannical" are pretty not-so-nice adjectives as well...
Great, so you apparently lack critical thinking skills.
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Old 02-10-2012, 03:13 PM
 
Location: Fort Worth, TX
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Well this is what the OED says

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alpha male n. Animal Behaviour the dominant male animal in a single-sex social group; (in extended use, sometimes with humorous or depreciative connotations) a man tending to assume a dominant or domineering role in social or professional situations, or thought to possess the qualities and confidence for leadership.
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Old 02-10-2012, 03:29 PM
 
Location: Midland TX
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Default Definitions

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No, the reason we are disagreeing is that I'm going by the actual definition of the term "alpha male" and others are making their own definitions.
Here's a word for you to look up: OBTUSE
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Old 02-10-2012, 03:31 PM
 
Location: Toronto
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People just use words to mean whatever they want and add connotations, regardless of the original source or whatever was intended at the phrase's origin. It's how we communicate in general. Everyone does it.
No word or phrase that arouses our emotions can remain detached of what we think of it.

You have to jump through hoops and read between the lines as to what people are trying to convey.

It's all word games, really. If you make up a definition for a thing, by the time you'd have finished jotting it down, someone has ran with it and added their own connotations.

What's a "wise guy"? Oh, that's not the same thing as a guy who's wise, is it?
What's a "nice guy"? Oh not the same as a nice guy right?
What's a "tough guy"? Not really a tough guy, huh?

Ya don't park on a parkway do you? And a hamburger has no ham, but a cheeseburger does, and it ain't a person from Hamburg.

I couldn't care less, could I? Or could I care less? Or am I careless?

The less I care.
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Old 02-10-2012, 03:35 PM
 
Location: Fort Worth, TX
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hamburgers were invented in hamburg, yo
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Old 02-10-2012, 04:34 PM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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Hey guys it's Friday night. All you complainers need to get together and go somewhere for an umbrella drink and sushi. That is if you can agree on where to go. If you have an alpha friend let him make the decision. Then complain that he's too bossy and domineering.
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Old 02-10-2012, 08:36 PM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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People just use words to mean whatever they want and add connotations, regardless of the original source or whatever was intended at the phrase's origin. It's how we communicate in general. Everyone does it.
No word or phrase that arouses our emotions can remain detached of what we think of it.

You have to jump through hoops and read between the lines as to what people are trying to convey.

It's all word games, really. If you make up a definition for a thing, by the time you'd have finished jotting it down, someone has ran with it and added their own connotations.

What's a "wise guy"? Oh, that's not the same thing as a guy who's wise, is it?
What's a "nice guy"? Oh not the same as a nice guy right?
What's a "tough guy"? Not really a tough guy, huh?

Ya don't park on a parkway do you? And a hamburger has no ham, but a cheeseburger does, and it ain't a person from Hamburg.

I couldn't care less, could I? Or could I care less? Or am I careless?

The less I care.
PREE-cisely. 90% of arguments could be solved by defining what we're saying.
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