There are two basic definitions of alpha in the manosphere, one defining it primarily from a man’s perspective, and another primarily from a woman’s view. As we shall soon see there is considerable overlap between them, but they are not the same.
The term alpha comes from the alpha wolf, the male leader of the wolf pack. The other wolves follow his lead. With wolves, this is important, as the pack only functions well if they are a team. And a team has only one leader.
This definition works well with respect to men. Particularly in hunting parties, or their modern day incarnation, athletic events. The alpha is the man that they follow in their team activity, be it on the sports field on in the office.
For a woman, the definition of alpha is slightly different. In short it is the man who gives her tingles. This occurs typically through a combination of height, strength, physical appearance, capability to do violence, power, wealth, prestige, and the dominance over other men (and women).
The overlap results from the fact that the attributes that lend themselves to leadership over men also tend to give women tingles. However there are some cases where the overlap does not happen. For example, women often have a tendency to be attracted to posturing “thug types” that other men do not respect. The “threat of violence” aspect appears to be particularly alluring to women. In short men respect what a man has/can accomplish(ed); while women are less so, focussing more on readily visible characteristics. I leave it to the reader to deduce why this might be.
P.S. This is part of an ongoing series of posts written with the purpose of introducing manosphere newcomers to its terms and concepts. Please visit the others in the series. Just go to the bottom of the page, find RedPillClassroom in the Categories, and select.