National Geographic’s “Going Ape” explores some of the similarities on how humans and primates navigate the social ladder. The mating rituals and attraction similarities were shown in the previous video. Here they talk about how we evolved from grooming each other to using conversation or “small talk” to build familiarity and lower our stress or cortisol levels, especially with the alpha of the group. This is important when you want to address and befriend her friends the or “mother hen” of a set so she will let you game her friends. You also need to befriend whatever males are in the group if they are her friends. They also talk about building coalitions or conspiracies to develop trust and connections. There is also examples of body language and nervous ticks that you can avoid. What are some valuable lessons you learned from this series of “Going Ape”?