Being nice to become an alpha male
Here is a short little article from an Asian newspaper that reports on ten years worth of research at Minnesota’s Jane Goodall Institute Center for Primate Studies. This study shows that “alphas” are not typically the “bully type,” but in fact use multiple strategies to become the dominant male in the group. As one researcher says “In my experience, no two alpha males at Gombe National Park have ever used the same strategy. Some have appeared more violent, some more friendly. One learned to use tin cans to scare the bejesus out of everybody. This research is opening the door so we can further investigate and finally quantify all of these differences that we are seeing.” The clipping, from 2008, is included below.