“Gamma” is a rank on Vox Day’s theory of male sociosexual hierarchy, which he developed in 2011. There was previously no word for the personality type, even though Gamma males have always been around: the socially and sexually repellent without necessarily being low on the totem pole or physically unattractive, the resentful and depressive, often shrewd or intelligent but also self-sabotaging. There were always words that got at the aspects of the Gamma male, but not at the clinical phenomenon itself:
Immature, delusional, prideful, callow, dishonest, narcissistic, unreliable, weak, passive-aggressive, backstabbing, effeminate, unpopular, ass-kisser, coward, creep, nerd, pussy.
The Bible’s Book of Proverbs [ESV here] nails the Gamma’s incontinence, using the word “fool”:
- A fool takes no pleasure in understanding, but only in expressing his opinion.
- A fool gives full vent to his spirit, but a wise man quietly holds it back.
- The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.
- A fool’s lips walk into a fight, and his mouth invites a beating.
- If a wise man has an argument with a fool, the fool only rages and laughs, and there is no quiet.
- [A fool] is the man who deceives his neighbor and says, “I am only joking!”
“Gamma” puts those qualities into a recognizable composite.
A great Gamma character in classic fiction is the first-person narrator in Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s “Notes from the Underground.” What struck me about him is the way he humiliated his regular prostitute because he was in the position where he could. The novel ends wildly, with the author himself stepping into his own novel to shut him up.
There is also a significance to defining the Gamma personality that goes beyond practical psychology: it counters the subversion created by an influential Frankfurt School book that came out in 1950, “The Authoritarian Personality” by Theodor Adorno et al.
The Authoritarian Personality “invented a set of criteria by which to define personality traits, ranked these traits and their intensity in any given person on what it called the ‘F scale’ (F for fascist).” The personality type Adorno et al. identified can be defined by nine traits that were believed to cluster together as the result of childhood experiences. These traits include conventionalism, authoritarian submission, authoritarian aggression, anti-intellectualism, anti-intraception, superstition and stereotypy, power and “toughness”, destructiveness and cynicism, projectivity, and exaggerated concerns over sex. [Infogalactic]
Shaming the Free World as “fascist” was a blow to the gut. The message encountered no resistance on the western side of the Iron Curtain, exposing countries to the most virulent, slow-release strains of Marxism. We see its apotheosis today, with the rape of Germany.
The propaganda that purported to be social science pathologized natural and honorable male behavior that thrives in an uninfected society:
- The Delta is pathological in following his duty as immediate protector and provider.
- The Beta is pathological in his loyalty to the captains of the community.
- The Alpha is pathological in assuming his responsibility as a leader.
Vox’s sociosexual hierarchy, with “Gamma” as its most original component, reverses the arrow of pathology, pointing it, correctly, to personalities that are in fact unhealthy. Hating the “authoritarian personality” is the Gamma’s cover for his Alpha ambition without the Alpha goods. It is the unwanted boarder’s lust for the goods of his host.