I'm old enough to remember when this term was first applied to humans. At first it referred to politicians and businessmen. Later it got hijacked by the dating world. Any rate, what comes to mind when you hear a person say "alpha male?"
Most Helpful Girl
There is a tendency on this site to equate alpha male with jerk. It isn't necessarily true. A jerk is a jerk, alpha or not.
Alpha males are strong, self assured leaders. They exude something that makes people want to be around them. They are confident in themselves and their decisions. In the dating world, they are not afraid of saying the wrong thing and losing the girl; they are secure enough to be themselves.
Like them or hate them, alpha does exist. So does the allure to females in being with an alpha.
A true alpha never needs to say that he is, he just IS. Wannabe alpha guys throw the word around, but they are all talk.
Just like the whole curvy/chubby or friendzone debate, the term means different things to different people. Jealous guys deny these men exist, women who have been duped by jerks also deny. True allpha guys are there, they just quietly ARE alpha.5
Most Helpful Guy
What alphas male ARE.
What people think alpha males are.