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Alpha and beta males in cinema.

Lately I have found out that psychologists divide male society on two types: alpha and beta males. What does it mean? The first type refers to a strong serious man who can be silent as well. He never fails because physically and socially he keeps under control and dominate the events. And of course he is damn handsome and sexually attractive. This type of men is a quintessence of masculinity and power. When they speak about alpha men Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bruce Willis appear in my imagination. They seem to be cool, at least the characters they perform. No fear, no panic, no blame. This type seems to be attractive but nowadays it is not that popular as in the 1990s when stereotypes concerning alpha male’s image were at the peak. So in cinema alpha males appear in such movies as Dirty Harry (1972), The Terminator (1984), The Matrix (1999), The Killer (1989), Apocalypse Now (1979), Goodfellas (1990), Fight Club (1999). Even though these movies are actual masterpieces I admire I wouldn’t say that the main characters are my heroes. To tell the truth I try to avoid people of similar traits in my life. They are not for me definitely.

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