Question of the Day: Alpha and Beta 7 February 2007Posted by SA'ILA in Culture, Relationships, SA'ILA.
A basic phenomenon studied in social psychology is that of alpha and beta males and females. Simply put, the former type is characterized as a leader; one that others in the community follow and defer to, whereas the latter type is considered to be the individual that is subservient to the alpha.
Aldous Huxley touches upon this phenomenon extensively in his book Brave New World, where characters are variations of one or the other type. In the real world, the alpha male syndrome is studied in the business sector, where it is thought that 70% of all senior executives are alpha males. As far as a family unit is concerned, many cultures prefer the alpha figure to be the male; it is intertwined with the idea that the man should have strong leadership skills, as ultimate authority lies with the man in a family.
Should a Muslim man want to attain the (positive) characteristics of an alpha male? Given cultural expectations, what role can a beta male play in the household?