I came across a sigma male meme the other day. The meme was a gif of a man clocking a woman in the face after being shoved by her. This is obviously not normal male behavior. Most men would just take the abuse without reacting. Such curious behavior lead me to research more about what it is to be a sigma. During my research I found that most people do not understand what the term means, much less the male hierarchy that surrounds it. In this post I will clarify these things in the hopes of enriching the poor, unwashed masses of their heresy and ignorance.
In order to fully understand any terminology or concept it can be important to understand it’s etymology. In the case of “sigma male” it can be traced back to the author, blogger, philosopher, and Dark Lord, Vox Day–and so can the hierarchy. However, according to Vox, things relating to the hierarchy have been previously discussed by others.
As I was about to write an elaboration on the topic of the hierarchy, I came across a blog which had a very detailed and systematic approach to the hierarchy. Although my description is bound to be the bomb, this guy has done a very good job, and I suggest you check out his post as supplementary reading.
The Socio-Sexual Hierarchy
Men organize themselves in a hierarchical fashion. There’s no other way around this if you want to achieve something. But what about democracies? Democracies are innately retarded. While there may be democratic elements within the hierarchy, it is most certainly not a democracy–but this does not mean that it is a tyranny. The Socio-Sexual Hierarchy is an automatically generated, abstract structure which is divorced from opinionated affect, yet coincidal with most people’s opinions. This means that people’s opinions do little to sway the hierarchy itself, and that people’s opinions tend to align with the hierarchy. My main point here is that there’s always a leader (the alpha) and someone that’s lowest on the totem pole (the gamma,) and potentially someone that’s excluded (the omega,) when it comes to male group action. Someone MUST call the shots and lead or the organization fails, and the group always has standards which must be adhered to.
In any given hierarchy there are certain customs, standards, and etiquette which help to give a more concrete, formal definition to the hierarchy. For example: if everyone stands up and salutes a certain guy when he enters a room, then it is very clear that the guy being saluted is high status. Similarly, if nobody seems to care about a certain guy, especially when he speaks, then it is clear that he’s low status. These are just two examples of the myriad of subtle or overt displays which show status within the hierarchy.
With this in mind it may be easy to confuse work-place status with the socio-sexual hierarchy. After all, doesn’t the alpha run the show, and thus he’s always the boss while the Gamma cleans the toilets? No. The workplace is a type of hierarchical structure, and so they tend to have similarities, but they are not the same. The hierarchy we are talking about is socio-sexual. In addition, the socio-sexual hierarchy only applies to men, and it is “meta” workplace in the sense that it appears everywhere where men are gathered, no matter if their gatherings take place under the roof of a corporation, a ski-resort, a park, or a big LAN-fest. This is most likely why it is called the socio-sexual hierarchy, and not the workplace hierarchy; it is a construction which appears when men socialize with each other.
The secondary part of the socio-sexual hierarchy is the the sexual part. This is because women pick the top dogs of the hierarchy. It’s not more complicated than that. We may ask ourselves whether the chicken or the egg came first. In other words, we may ask ourselves whether it is women’s influence over sexual selection which causes certain types of men to rise to the top, or whether women are innately more interested in the traits which put a man at the top. To be highly redundant–but also highly clarifying–, the question is whether women’s opinions guide the hierarchy, or whether the traits which put a man at the top of the hierarchy guide women’s opinions of the men. I am of the latter opinion, although I would wager that both hold sway over the hierarchy simultaneously, only to varying degrees, with the latter winning the race because it is more grounded in objective reality, and not simply powered by the force of opinion. As I’ve stated previously: people’s opinions tend to coincide with the hierarchy, not form it.
The socio-sexual hierarchy is a cross-racial and cross-cultural phenomenon, although it’s expressions and the values within each culture and race may differ.
Based off the concept of the socio-sexual hierarchy, Vox Day created a taxonomical system to label the various behaviors of the men within the hierarchy. It’s important to note that the hierarchy is fractal, meaning that it can be infinitely divided, and we could create 3.5 billion different taxonomical descriptions to describe every single male person on the planet, but that wouldn’t be very efficient–though it would be very specific. Vox created 7 taxonomical descriptions, and I can’t say that I’ve come across anything better; it’s both specific and broad enough at the same time.
The taxonomy is as follows:
Within the hierarchy: Alpha, Bravo, Delta, Gamma.
Outside the hierarchy: Omega, Sigma, Lambda.
The men within the hierarchy play by it’s rules. The men outside the hierarchy don’t play by the rules. Below I will provide a brief description of the different taxonomies, and then I will dive deeper.
Inside the hierarchy the Alpha is the top dog, the Bravo the 2nd in command, the Delta is the average joe, and the Gamma is the lowest on the totem pole–usually a sexual reject (but not a social reject.)
Outside the hierarchy is the Omega, existing there usually because he can’t function socially, and is not accepted sexually–although he most definitely wants to be. The Lambda is a homosexual, and has shunned any semblance of the masculine virtues which tie in to the hierarchical function. The sigma doesn’t care about the hierarchy.
A Deeper Explanation
Alpha: physically adept, good looking, and successful with women. Enjoys leadership roles, takes responsibility, is aggressive, socially dominant, and unafraid of physical altercations. Is a typical “bro,” and abides by the “bro-code”.
I have had the pleasure of working alongside an Alpha, and he took the fall for many of my mistakes as I was learning the job. Their personalities tend to be very positive and outgoing. Alphas don’t really care what women say, and as I have heard it expressed by a top-tier Alpha: “it’s as if the devil spit in their mouth; everything that comes out of their mouth is a lie.” He also mentioned that he “hates faggots.”
Many times men will sit around and poke fun of the Alpha, though it usually happens behind his back. Men will also poke fun of the Gamma. The difference is that the Alpha doesn’t care what anyone’s opinion is of him, and it shows. He also usually has a solid retort grounded in objective reality instead of some form of comedic escapism or sperging out. However, the Alpha hates being laughed at.
The Alpha’s mindset is this: if I tell myself I’m awesome, I am. I don’t compare myself to anyone, I’m just great. This is something similar to positive affirmation, which apparently Trump does. In fact, Alphas tend to have confidence which can seem completely delusional. But is it?
The Alpha in the cover picture is The Rock.
The Bravo: We could sum this category up by saying that the Bravo is the “best friend.” I’m lucky enough that this happens to be true in my case; I have a bravo as a best friend, and he’s ALWAYS there no matter what. If there’s something I need, no matter how difficult, he’s there. Before I continue the post I have to express my gratitude toward the man because he’s shown me what it means to be a friend. He’s my Samwise Gamgee.
Bravos are usually better looking than average, more physically capable than average, and do well with women, but not to the degree that the Alphas do. They can be aggressive, but don’t tend toward aggressiveness. They can lead, but tend to be best suited toward middle-management, where they have a boss over them. In fact, Bravos are excellent middle-managers because they are socially gifted. Most men do not feel threatened by them in the way that Alphas can come across, and the Bravo doesn’t tend toward the social disgraces which the Alpha can fall in to (see the borderline delusional confidence.) Most men really enjoy talking to Bravos, and Bravos tend to be the hub of social engagements. Bravos are also extremely generous.
Bravos don’t tend to misunderstand female nature, but they don’t have the instinctive level of understanding that the Alpha or Sigma have. Bravos like women, but don’t tend to pedestalize them, and are comfortable joking around with them and negging.
A Bravo is always loyal to his team, and will always stand up for his friends. As I have heard it expressed by a Bravo: “The one thing I hate is a Judas.” I have had first-hand experience with a Bravo’s sense of loyalty, and I will share some stories to highlight it:
Once upon a time I was out having a drink with my Bravo friend. After the bar closed we went to get some street food. We ended up talking to a tall blonde guy which seemed to be a little hyped up on cocaine. Nonetheless, the tall blonde guy seemed to “get me”–at least that’s what he told me. Before we could continue the conversation, lo and behold, a man walks past us with his pants sagging down so far that his entire underwear were visible for the world to behold. Without a second thought, I was kind enough to enlighten him to this by saying “Hey, pull up your pants.” Now, I hadn’t intended this as an insult, but it was apparently taken as such. The man turns around in a drunken haze and says with an aggressive tone “Whad’chu say’uh’me???” Immediately the tall blonde guy then shouts at him “I fucked your mom.”
Now it’s safe to say that shots were fired. The drunken man began charging toward me. However, before he could get close to me, my Bravo friend comes swooping in from the side. With no questions asked, the Bravo throws the drunken assailant down on the cold, wet ground in one swoop. SMACK. Face down. It looked a little bit painful, but it got the job done.
On another occasion, some drunkard came up to me at a bar and began insulting me for no apparent reason. As I was ignoring him, my Bravo friend seemed to have overheard the shots being fired. My friend then swaggered up toward the drunken miscreant and said “What the fuck did you say to my friend. You wanna go?”
In the end we got kicked out of the bar, but I can’t say that I regret my friend’s sense for a call to action.
The Bravo in the cover picture is Mike Pence.
The Delta: The Delta is the average man. He is usually not too good looking, nor too bad looking. He can be physically adept at something if he chooses to put his mind to it, but it’s not the innate predisposition that an Alpha has. Deltas prefer to not lead, and are generally uncomfortable doing so. They are not aggressive, except if their family is threatened or some call to action is given to them.
Deltas tend to pedestalize women, and have an ideal that can surpass objective reality. This means that when Deltas deal with women, the ideals that have been given to them by society will often surpass what a woman truly needs and wants; because of our modern ideals of equality and feminism, a Delta can often find themselves in a relationship with a woman where the woman starts taking charge–and then wondering why he’s not getting laid. “Happy wife, happy life” is a common Delta Boomerism.
Deltas do most of the work in any given organisation, and tend to become very good at what they do because they put the effort in, focusing on their job instead of constantly going to the watercooler to shoot the breeze as the Alpha often does. Because of this Deltas can sometimes become overworked.
Deltas try to not stand out too much. They really want to be a team player and to have a belonging in a group of other men. This is what makes them excellent to have as a majority on any given team. To demonstrate this I’ll tell a story from one of my previous workplaces:
Once upon a time we had an outside consultant visit us. His purpose was to… improve workplace relations? Or something. I had a strong suspicion that he was a conman, but that’s besides the point. During his presentation he presented us with an analogy to demonstrate how an organisation works. He said that it’s like a train, where you have the conductor at the front, the passengers in the car, and the men shovelling the coal in the back. He then asked us to choose where we would sit in the train. Under the pressure of being seen as “correct,” most people chose to be in the front, leading the charge. When it got to my turn I simply said I’d rather be a passenger or shovelling coal. People looked at me like I’d said something foreign to them. I clarified by saying that the train won’t go anywhere without passengers paying for the ride, men shovelling the coal in the back, and that a train only needs one conductor. The analogy was promptly dropped after that. I suspect the consultant wanted to make the point that everyone should be a special star, come with their own ideas, and drive everything forward.
This is all bullcrap, and something that the Deltas seem to understand innately; there must be a follower, and legwork must be done or we’re not getting anywhere, so once you’ve chosen your group, just shut up and do as you’re told.
On the contrary to this, a Delta yearns for acknowledgement for their hard work. If the Delta is not given this acknowledgement and respect, he will go on strike.
The Delta in the cover picture is John McClane from Die Hard.
The Gamma: The Gamma is the introverted, usually physically and emotionally weak, and usually unattractive male. There are exceptions, however, especially when you look at the many attractive celebrities such as Kurt Shotgun-to-the-brain Cobain or Chris Deathknell Cornell–not that either of them possessed any semblance of strength, physical or emotional.
Gammas are not overtly aggressive, but passive-aggressive, and are very afraid of physical altercations. I don’t believe that the majority of Gammas would put up much of a fight– even for their family.
Gammas tend to be marked by intelligence. For this reason they are often an integral part of any given hierarchy because they act as a much needed knowledge-base. Gammas tend to be good at teaching and explaining for this reason, despite their low levels of empathy. The antithesis to this is the Alpha’s inability to explain things, despite the high levels of empathy that the Alpha tends to have. Of course, the Gamma will want to believe that he has high levels of empathy because he put his ideals and knowledge of what it is to be empathetic above the practice of it.
This leads me to my next point in explaining a Gamma’s psyche: Gammas are liars. They don’t only lie to others, but also to themselves in order to avoid the pain of reality. This is why the saying “be true to yourself” exists. In essence, they live in their imagination more than most other men. It doesn’t help that they are intelligent either, because this only leads them to have a greater ability to fend off the truth using words. One man has described this propensity toward self-deceit as a typically female trait. It is.
Gammas like to believe that they are Alphas. They want to lead, and probably so because they tend to be intelligent. Their failure in leading is that they don’t want to take responsibility, and have a difficult time listening to others.
Gammas are addicted to the social game. They have a desperate need to fit in and be seen as a cool dude. Contrary to the Alpha, who doesn’t care what people think, but is simply being himself, and thus attaining the status of a cool dude, the Gamma puts the ideas of what he believes to be a cool dude ahead of being himself. This can lead to a number of ill-suited behaviors.
One of the typical Gamma behaviors is to become the joker. Who doesn’t like to laugh? Surely the coolest guy is the one that makes everybody laugh! What the Gamma fails to understand is that people will always laugh when someone says something mean, retarded, or both–no matter what their opinion of said joker is. In other words, he fails to understand that the production of comedy doesn’t revert the fact that he’s socially retarded and sexually unattractive. This isn’t to say that all Gammas are of the comedic persuasion, but usually the funny guy tends to be a Gamma.
Many Gammas are very shy and have had all of their masculine aggressiveness stripped from them. Many Gammas will describe themselves as being closer to their mother than their father. While many Gammas choose to be passive-aggressive and mean, many will choose to be “nice”–whatever that means. As we all know, nice guys finish last. Fundamentally, men in the hierarchy don’t care about niceness; they only care about respect. And women are innately skeptical of nice men for good reason–ever heard of a mean pedophile?
Again, this goes to demonstrate that the Gamma is never being himself, but is constantly engaged in LARP. Whether he’s LARPing the “cool dude” or the “nice guy,” he’s never being genuine.
When Gammas eventually do end up asserting themselves, it tends to be a sperg moment; they act with an out of control rage. In contrast, Alphas seem to always be in control of their aggressiveness.
It bears to note that not all Gammas are sexual rejects. Some men which display Gamma behavior will find a girlfriend or a wife, especially if they are rich or famous–or older; eventually women will settle for a Gamma if they have no other choice.
The Gamma wants to be the object of desire in a relationship, similar to what a woman wants.
The Gamma in the cover picture is Jordan Peterson.
That covers all of the categories within the hierarchy. Here are the ones outside the hierarchy:
The Omega: The Omega would very much like to be part of your gang, but he has learned from experience that he doesn’t fit in. The reason for this is individual, but it’s generally summed up in that the Omega has turned out to be a dud. Omegas are the gene-pool’s experimental stage gone wrong, just as most RnD projects turn out to be failures.
But despite this, let’s not overlook Omegas entirely, because while they don’t play a part in the socio-sexual hierarchy, some of them can come from out of the blue with exceptional ideas and inventions. Tesla and Newton were both Omegas, devoting their lives to studying in solitude.
This isn’t to say that every Omega is a genius. Many Omegas are retarded. In fact, Omegas are so varied in their character traits that it is difficult to define them in any other way than to say that they do not fit in; many are spergs, unable to socially fit in; many have disabilities that prevent them from social interactions; some of them are too intelligent, and have drifted off into insanity or into their studies; many of them are emotionally crippled, and can’t handle the hierarchical bullying that takes place in the socio-sexual hierarchy.
Omegas are not always known for their personal hygiene. If you meet a guy with greasy hair and an overpowering odour, he’s probably an Omega… or a Gamma. Omegas are almost never physically attractive or physically adept–aside from the occasional retard strength.
The Omega in the cover picture is Nikola Tesla.
The Sigma: The Sigma is not overly complicated, although there are many misconceptions about them. It’s easiest to understand what constitutes a Sigma when you realize that the Sigma simply doesn’t care about the hierarchy. This is his number-one defining trait. He has the capacity to fit in if he wanted to, but he doesn’t want to put the work in. Every Sigma’s reasons for this will be different, but it usually boils down to a dissatisfaction with the customs, standards, etiquette, and way that the hierarchies are run. When this is coupled with his copacetic attitude toward loneliness, it is no wonder that he doesn’t care.
Another reason is that Sigmas tend to disagree with Alphas on how to do things, and you can’t disagree with the boss. In fact, Sigmas tend to disagree with most people on how things should be done; they are very disagreeable characters.
Unlike the Gamma, the Sigma understands that a fundamental disagreement with an organisation means that one needs to separate oneself from it and do one’s own thing. In contrast, the Gamma will just keep banging his head against the walls as his gnashing of teeth and wailing goes ignored by the Alpha.
It is not only that Sigmas tend to disagree with the vast majority of hierarchical structures, but that they are quintessential loners by nature. Vox Day, a Sigma, has described himself as “burning out” after too much social interaction. Chris Langan, another Sigma, worked as a complete loner for long periods of time, describing that he was satisfied with reading books and minimal social interaction. Though this trait seems to run in varying degrees depending on the Sigma, I have never found a Sigma that didn’t enjoy his alone time.
Sigmas, as Vox Day has noted, are the wild-card. If we look at how varied they are in personality we can get a better picture of what this means: Charles Manson was a Sigma. If you’ve ever seen him in an interview, you may infer that Sigmas are completely nutty psychopaths. But before we jump to conclusions, let’s face the fact: Charlie had 3 gorgeous women that would do literally anything he wanted, even to the point of murder. The man couldn’t have been completely off his rocker.
Another Sigma, ironically, is Marilyn Manson. If you view Charlie and Marilyn side-by-side, you’ll see that one has a very low-key personality, while the other seems to constantly be on some form of stimulants.
Sam Hyde, Stefan Molyneux, and Louis C.K. are other Sigmas with a comedic bent, which we can contrast with Putin, another Sigma who seems to be far-divorced from the comedic.
Sigmas, like Gammas, are marked by intelligence. They tend to be attractive, though not always. They tend to be physically adept, although not all of them exercise the innate ability, and they don’t tend to be as strong as most Alphas. Most Sigmas I have met, although they are few, seem to be able to dance. And as a small tangent, I believe this is why Louis C.K.’s comedy centers around excellent timing and gesticulation, which the famous Gamma comedian Robin Williams had none of.
Being a loner doesn’t mean that the Sigmas is devoid of empathy or an understanding of socializing. In fact, the Sigma has oodles of empathy. It might seem strange, on account of the aforementioned Charles Manson, but let’s remember that a large dose of empathy is needed in order to manipulate people properly. In short, I have found that Sigmas tend to understand human behavior better than most others.
A Sigma tends to have evolved from an Omega. They go through a period of extreme loneliness, usually as a child. This isn’t to say that all Omegas can become Sigmas. Most Omegas can’t.
Sigmas do not tend to be very verbal when they engage in social interactions. I knew a Sigma that would show up to parties and not say a word except maybe “hey,” and then vanish after an undisclosed period of time, leaving you wondering where they went. And don’t mistake Louis C.K.’s comedy sets or Charles Manson’s interviews as being indicative of their “off-stage” personalities.
One of the downfalls I’ve noticed with Sigmas is that if they are in an organisation and don’t socialize enough, people tend to view them as an outsider, and that works against them. They become disliked merely because they don’t express an interest in the people around them, and because people can’t put their finger on them. Another reason is that they can often just do as they please, which will infuriate other co-workers.
The Sigma shares commonalities with the Alpha, not only in physical abilities and sexual attractiveness, but also in the drive to manifest their own vision of things.
The Sigma in the cover picture is Charles Manson.
The Lambda: Lambdas are homosexuals. A common misconception is that it is the pee-pee in the poo-poo that puts them outside the hierarchy. This is not the case. Their sexuality is only a symptom of the core psyche of the Lambda: lambdas have shunned the masculine virtues.
Jack Donovan has an excellent description of this in his book called The Way of Men, where he describes the Lambdas shunning of the hierarchy as flamboyant dishonor.
“Flamboyant dishonor is an insult to the core values of the male group. Flamboyant dishonor is an openly expressed lack of concern for one’s reputation for strength, courage and mastery within the context of an honor group comprised primarily of other men.”
All men are concerned with strength, mastery, and courage. Even though the Alpha does not care what people think about him, he cares about his reputation because he is concerned with the group; If he has a bad reputation, he can not lead his group. The Delta tends to care strongly about mastery because it offers him a position in the hierarchy. The Bravo cares about bravery because he wants to be loyal to his team. This is not to say that the Delta only cares about mastery, or that the Bravo only cares about bravery, and so on.
It isn’t that the Lambda doesn’t care, like the Sigma, but that he is in vehement opposition to these virtues. While the Sigma runs his own race and lets the other men play their game, the Lambda is outspoken against the virtues and will even work to sabotage them.
Whatever gifts the Lambda has, whether it be physical adeptness, looks, or intelligence, it is all used for himself. While the Alpha is busy hustling out favors for his group and taking the fall for bad decisions, the Lambda is working against the group for his own pleasure.
Lambdas, like Gammas, are often passive-aggressive. And like Gammas they have the ability to deceive themselves. In fact, Lambdas are very much like Gammas with the added flamboyant dishonor. This isn’t to say that some Gammas are flamboyantly dishonorable. Many are in today’s society. In other words, there exist heterosexual men which act like homosexuals, but it’s a rare occurrence.
If a Lambda attempts to join the hierarchy he will be, at best, seen as a Gamma. Lambdas are usually afraid of physical altercations–unless they sperg out.
The Lambda’s deep sense of pride may fool you that he doesn’t care what others think. It is a lie, and upon closer investigation, it is abundantly clear that they care very much what people think about them. This is why they have to keep enforcing the narrative that they are wonderful; it is similar to an Alpha’s positive affirmations, except that it involves forcing other people to accept their affirmations or face punishment. It is no wonder that they creep their way into organisations and organize pride-related propaganda; they care, deeply. As an aside, I noticed the police here in Sweden were flying a pride-flag in the place of the Swedish police flag. What do the Swedish police have to do with pee-pee in the poo-poo? One wonders…
Lambdas are obsessed with getting to the young. Not only to have sex with them, which is a very frequent occurrence, but to groom them into hating the hierarchy and the virtues which constitute it. The Lambda must destroy the hierarchy because it causes him psychological pain to realize that he can not have things his way; even the Alpha must conform to the hierarchy.
All heterosexual men conform to external rules. They subject themselves to a greater standard than their own interests and whims, be it “the tribe,” as Jack Donovan would have it, or God, as every Christian knows lies at the bottom of virtue. This is what lets them work together in a group as a cohesive, united people. The Lambda is too selfish for this.
With this in mind, it is clear that Lambdas are the rebels, and however cool it may seem to be a rebel, I’m fairly certain that every man reading this knows that it’s just kind of gay.
The Lambda in the cover picture is Freddie Mercury.
You may be saying to yourself that there’s a lot of overlap between the different categories. If not, then suffice it to say that I brought it up, so now I’m going to talk about it–among a bunch of other thoughts regarding the hierarchy that will pop into my head as I write this. The rest of the post will not be in an organized fashion, but it will still contain all the relevant information to help sway the bedraggled masses into a more monocle’d persuasion.
The Sigma and the Lambda share a few commonalities, mainly that they don’t exist within the hierarchy. The underlying reason for what makes the expression of the disregard for the hierarchy different are their intentions. From their intentions are different outcomes manifest. The Lambda hates the hierarchy, and the Sigma just wants to do his own thing. The Sigma doesn’t actively tell himself that being masculine is just a “stupid social construct that needs to be destroyed.” Sigmas often form their own, usually small, hierarchies in which the masculine virtues flourish. A good example of this is Sam Hyde’s comedy projects, in which he’s spoken about the type of people he hires, and the reasons for hiring them. He expects competence and adherence to many of the masculine virtues.
Stefan Molyneux, the most famous philosopher of our era, has spoken about his days as a software entrepeneur, where he’d hire people and expect them to adhere to the masculine virtues.
A strong difference between the Alpha and Sigma way of running things is that Sigmas do not want to lead; they want the people to autonomously lead themselves toward the goal of the group. In other words, I shall paraphrase Stefan Molyneux by saying: “I just expected them [the employees] to come to work and do their job without me having to tell them what to do. I would make sure I hired people that I didn’t have to boss around. They were allowed to have fun and take breaks when they wanted, as long as they finished their job. One of my colleagues happened to show up withy a nerf-gun one day to shoot me in the head.” His business was successful.
On the topic of working together, I’ve had the displeasure of working with a Lambda on a music project. Personally I don’t want to lead, and he seemed to want to lead very strongly, but under some semblance of a democracy. He said that “we shouldn’t have any leaders.” I told him that it was a very retarded statement, and pointed out that there are no successful organisations that are leaderless. When I began to take the reins, and we began to accomplish things, he would immediately give me pushback. Suffice it to say that the project was a disaster, and I left–only to be bombarded with text messages trying to persuade me to come back.
Another thing to note is that the men at the top of the hierarchy are less emotional than the ones at the bottom. Alphas are very unemotional guys, and Gammas are highly emotional. Of course, women would have it that Alphas are perfectly romantic and express their emotions very well. This is retarded. Alphas are simply not as afraid of being themselves and expressing themselves. That is what women like.
Both the Lambda, and usually the Omega are highly emotional. Sigmas range from emotional to highly unemotional, though none of them are emotionally crippled in the way that some Omegas and Lambdas are.
The drive to be in charge exists both in the Alpha and in the Gamma. I’ve even heard it said that Gammas are just depressed Alphas. It’s a bit of a crude assessment, but it gets a good point across: Gammas have a very negative outlook on life. However, the main attribute of the Alpha is that they are a physical beast. To a large degree this allows them to express their opinions without fear of blowback; they can handle a fight. Many men describe their ability to make eye-contact and assert themselves come to life when they go to the gym. However, don’t make the mistake of assuming that every Alpha is a muscle-mountain. There are plenty of skinny Alphas, such as Machine Gun Kelly or David Bowie. The core element of physical prowess is still high in potential, if not actuality, among them, and has most likely been rooted in them since childhood.
Deltas and Sigmas share the trait of not wanting to lead. The difference lies in that Deltas are not assertive, and that Sigmas just don’t want to bother themselves with it–though I’m not sure if Deltas would want to bother either. Unlike Alphas, Sigmas will run out of steam trying to manage people.
Gammas and Sigmas often share nerdy, obscure interests. Sigmas can also completely master a subject and become excellent teachers. Since the Sigma is not deficient in empathy, Sigmas can become the quintessential teacher if they choose. If you have a Sigma as a teacher everything will become extremely easy to understand, and all ground will be covered in a practical way that often adds information to the existing paradigm–if not completely changing the paradigm. As an example, I have been studying under Leonardo Caminati, who is an ear training teacher. I failed for an entire year to achieve what I’ve achieved under him in only a few months. He is not part of any institution like a university, but just some guy on the internet offering his own courses in ear training. Another music teacher who strikes me as a sigma is Tom Hess. By watching one of his 6 minute videos, I markedly improved my guitar playing.
In contrast to a Sigma’s abilities to teach, I will use Jay Dyer, an Alpha. He is a philosopher, and I’ve never once seen him lose in a debate. In fact, once you understand the philosophical language that he uses, he is an incredibly clear, systematic, and logical thinker. He also does very good impressions of Nicholas Cage. But when it comes to understanding what he’s trying to teach, I simply can not comprehend it without putting in leg work of my own to “meet him half-way.” I often find this to be the case with my Alpha co-worker. Alphas are hopelessly bad at explaining things.
Alphas are extremely accommodating. They make sure that people’s needs are met. Once it was cold at my workplace, and my Alpha friend shows up with a jacket for me. I never asked. These little things happen all the time. This is why people want to follow the alpha. They genuinely like him. Many people, especially Gammas, make the mistake of believing that leadership is a show of force. Very rarely is this the case. Leadership is more about servitude.
Gammas are masters of crying “cringe!” I’m sure many males have felt cringe on some occasion, but because of the Gamma’s emotionality, he feels cringe very easily, often times at things that are not even cringeworthy. If someone doesn’t execute something flawlessly, it’s “cringe.” This is due to the Gamma’s fear of failure, and him projecting that fear onto the other person and then experiencing cringe as a result. Fail in the slightest, and a Gamma will cry “cringe!” This is something you will rarely see an Alpha do, if ever. Alphas have embraced failure completely, and know that it is only a learning experience, hence why they are very forgiving of others’ failures.
Bravos tend to seek out an Alpha to form a team. It’s a very effective strategy for both if them; the Bravo tends to serve the Alpha in many ways such as critical thinking in assessment of risks in certain areas, not to mention social engagement. The Bravo also serves to perfect the Alpha, making him more amenable to the general public, and tying up loose ends. In turn the Alpha supplies the Bravo with a driving force and vision which other men don’t have.
Although it is rare, I have seen Bravos team up with Sigmas, where the Sigma serves the role of the Alpha. There are a few downsides for the Bravo in this scenario: the Bravo will often have to call the shots as the Sigma doesn’t care enough to lead, and the Bravo will have to look forward to a very unconventional–and sometimes lonely–relationship. If a Bravo finds himself in a relationship with a Sigma, I’d suggest keeping the relationship, but funding an Alpha to bond with. The upsides are that the Bravo–depending on the Sigma–will learn to become more free, making his own way in life.
A Common Misconception
Why doth his loftiness have to toil so on thy behalf, peasant?
There was a study done by Rudolph Schenkel which held that there are such things as Alphas, Betas, and Omegas within a wolf pack. This taxonomy could probably be stretched to 5 categories, but that’s besides the point. The point is that nowadays it is not scientific to consider that wolves have an Alpha. Apparently this has been “deboonked.”
The deboonking of the notion of a hierarchy within males goes thusly: Wolves in the wild do not form hierarchies, but only do so in captivity, ergo, humans have no socio-sexual hierarchy.
Implicit within this argument is the axiom that humans are free. Humans are not free, and are grown in captivity for most of their childhood. All humans are socialized in schools where they are not allowed to leave the premise and must do as their teachers tell them or they are punished. Another point to be made is that the wolves in the wild are run by families, usually with 2 parents and a bunch of kids. Humans do not function this way, especially not anymore. Humans are constantly working together in large, socialized groups which far exceed that of a family structure.
There is a second assumption within this debeunking I must address, and that is that humans are in 1:1 correspondence with wolves. They are not, and so any theory predicated upon wolves is bound to have it’s faults; I wouldn’t even bother to rest the socio-sexual hierarchy on studies done on wolves. Why is this? We can study humans directly. In other words, a theory from wolves is completely useless in order to either make or break the case for the socio-sexual hierarchy.
Here is what I suggest for those that doubt me: Go out and take a look at groups of males. See how they act, and then ask yourself if these categories apply. I have found that the easiest way to measure whether the hierarchy is true is to apply the taxonomical behaviors to the men you meet. If someone behaves as a Bravo, then look at his girlfriend. The girlfriend’s attractiveness should correspond to the mans rank in the hierarchy; a 7/10 woman is most likely going to end up with a Bravo.
I can’t say that I’ve found the hierarchy to fail.
I can, however, say that I have found many Gammas and Lambdas which will deny the existence of the hierarchy, or somehow try to redefine the taxonomies–usually into something contradictory which you can not find in the wild.
Here is a citation from a blog post which denies the existence of the hierarchy:
“I’ve been thinking about returning to my series on Healthy Masculinity lately, and it has never seemed quite so relevant. This might have to do with the number of transmasculine people I’m hanging out with these days (Edgar, while nonbinary or agender, also identifies as trans-masculine, and one of our most common drinking buddies is a trans man,) which throws the whole thing into a somewhat different light: it’s been commented that talking to cis people about gender is like taking a 101 course and talking to a transgender person about gender is like taking a master class, and while this is somewhat reductionist, I feel it generally holds true.” – Some fag.
Let’s note that this person believes that by chopping off your phallus and identifying as a woman, you magically transform into something other than a clinically insane freak with no dick.