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In the animal kingdom there is a hierarchy of social status. Some are the natural born leaders, then second in command and so forth. It brings order in the community. Six of these ranks have attracted special attention in ethology and been given applicable names:

  1. Alpha
  2. Beta
  3. Gamma
  4. Delta
  5. Epsilon
  6. Omega

The alpha animals are given preference to be the first to eat and the first to mate; among some species they are the only animals in the pack allowed to mate. Other animals in the community are usually killed or ousted if they violate this rule. Animals tend to live in groups with a specific social order due to their natural tendency. The leader of the pack is called the alpha male, while there may also be an alpha female depending on the species.

The Betas are the second in command and will take over power if an Alpha dies. The rest are followers of the leaders.  An omega is subordinated to all others in the community. The omegas might be used as scapegoats.

This hierarchy in the animal kingdom is very similar in our society. Which rank are you? Do you naturally lead others? Or are you more of a follower? Do people tend to listen to you and respect you or do they walk all over you?

Knowing which rank you are in the dating jungle can make it easier for you to find your mate. It would be difficult for an Omega to pair with an Alpha because the strong personality would most likely get too easily bored with the Omega. Figure out what your dating jungle personality is. One isn’t better than the other, the key is just knowing where you fit.  We need leaders and followers in life. Knowing which you are will just make it easier to survive the dating jungle.

Tara Richter

Tara Richter is an Internet Dating Coach in Tampa Bay. She is the author of “The Dating Jungle Series” and an Internet TV Show Host.