Sunday, October 6, 2013

Σ ♂

Stopping in at Chateau Heartiste last night, I overheard fellow traveler Jostein speak of a fellow male as "a sigma in the more nuanced Alpha-Sigma-Beta-Delta-Gamma-Omega model," "a man living on his own terms with a healthy attitude toward women." Intrigued, I had to dig deeper. The Alpha Male & Beta Male dichotomy, while of obvious use, always seems a bit simplistic to me, as I didn't seem to fit into either camp.

Roissy has not said much on this breed of male, but Alpha Game has, suggesting that "the stark division of men into successful alphas and unsuccessful betas is too simplistic and reflects an artificial limitation on the broad applicability of Game beyond the sexual imperative" in this neat post — The socio-sexual hierarchy. Let's look at two of his definitions:
    Alpha: The alpha is the tall, good-looking guy who is the center of both male and female attention. The classic star of the football team who is dating the prettiest cheerleader. The successful business executive with the beautiful, stylish, blonde, size zero wife. All the women are attracted to him, while all the men want to be him, or at least be his friend. At a social gathering like a party, he's usually the loud, charismatic guy telling self-flattering stories to a group of attractive women who are listening with interest. However, alphas are only interested in women to the extent that they exist for the alpha's gratification, physical and psychological, they are actually more concerned with their overall group status.

    Sigma: The outsider who doesn't play the social game and manage [sic] to win at it anyhow. The sigma is hated by alphas because sigmas are the only men who don't accept or at least acknowledge, however grudgingly, their social dominance. (NB: Alphas absolutely hate to be laughed at and a sigma can often enrage an alpha by doing nothing more than smiling at him.) Everyone else is vaguely confused by them. In a social situation, the sigma is the man who stops in briefly to say hello to a few friends accompanied by a Tier 1 girl that no one has ever seen before. Sigmas like women, but tend to be contemptuous of them. They are usually considered to be strange. Gammas often like to think they are sigmas, failing to understand that sigmas are not social rejects, they are at the top of the social hierarchy despite their refusal to play by its rules.
Two readers to that blog have reported sightings of this creature, which seems to drive certain women (probably smarts ones) a bit wild, reported on in these posts — Alpha Mail: Sigma spotting and Alpha Mail: Stalking the Sigma.

The Red Pill Room furthers this last post with some advice for the gals interested in these "uncommonly intriguing mates" — Girl Game: Stalking the Wild Sigma. An excerpt:
    Sigmas are the Gandalfs, the Merlins, the Spocks. They are the men of skill and quiet, men of deep thought and calculation who seek not their own aggrandizement (although they have powerful egos) but the prosperity and success of themselves and those around them. A Sigma who has mastered himself often turns toward using his talents to a greater goal, inspiring people with his passion and persuading them with his reason.
A blog titled Rise of the Sigma Male is dedicated the this subspecies; two helpful posts — Alpha Male vs. Sigma Male and Sigma Male Traits.

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