Abraham Maslow, one of the first modern psychologists who explained human ambition, was inspired by monkeys. He noticed the confidence of the top monkey and cowardice of monkeys near the bottom of the hierarchy. Furthermore, he observed the same behavior in humans, and his concept of self-esteem and self-love remains popular in American culture. Biologists seeking an explanation for social inequality found that high-status male animals are more successful sexually than other males because either they lay claim to more females or they are more attractive.
Source Citation:de Wall, Frans B.M. "Self-esteem and primate politics." The Chronicle of Higher Education 44.n31 (April 10, 1998): B4(2). Academic OneFile. Gale. BROWARD COUNTY LIBRARY. 1 Oct. 2009
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