Sigma theory

I was all excited about this one until I realized Koanic predicted it with his sociosexual model (requires access). Hopefully I can at least explain it more colorfully.

Sigmas are the rare introverted Alpha male. They are characterized by a combination of social awareness, autonomy, raw sexuality, and ingenopathic communication style. Usually they have had some long period of Omega-dom, despite their talents, from which their autonomy derives.

TTs can have all of these things except for the social awareness. You need a measure of sadism in your personality to develop proper intellectual awareness of how other people work at a fundamental level. So almost all Sigmas are going to be MTs. They can see what’s going on in the world by virtue of their M-backs, and once they reach a certain level of autonomy their ingenopathy ceases to be a burden and instead merely raises them higher on the prestige scale.

In Koaniterica, TTs are “flat” as in unable to process hierarchies. Thus, they can reach the upper end of the prestige scale but they are incapable of dominance. It is some sorta instinctive non-aggression pact where there is no such thing as small acts of aggression. Violence is either zero or sixty. So they will be endlessly solipsistic because they lack sadism (the urge to learn what makes people tick).

So the highest a TT can naturally reach is to become “King Goofball”, which is not such an awful fate. Generally such “flat Alphas” will have high testosterone, and somehow you can tell they homeschool their kids just by looking at their faces. I have the potential to become one of these, except that I would need to achieve economic autonomy to complement my mental autonomy. Speaking of which, such a person will generally fall into the “Beta” category in Vox’s SSMV, which means that the transition is a sudden one from Omega -> Beta, and in situ such a person will have a very odd combination of Omega and Beta traits (as Egyptian pointed out to me about myself).

Now remember ingenopathy is a Beta trait, but when somebody has plenty of Alpha going on then a little Beta spices up the soup instead of ruining it. As the best possible example of a Sigma I’ve ever come across, take Johnny Depp:

The best way to observe Sigma behavior is to put them in the ring with an Alpha and watch how they handle the twists and turns. (Oprah is a female Alpha of the highest order. It is no surprise that someone like this would be so successful at a time like this, because women are “Herd” in Koanic-talk. Herd = dishonorable equality.)

Depp is pretty good-looking, so once he became famous as well he automatically became sexy. Marilyn Manson is another example of such a Sigma, although I think less so because he cracks a little under David Letterman’s full-bore sadistic onslaught:

So a Sigma is usually an MT who has somehow become so autonomous that they have the ZFG attitude, they increase their prestige by giving full rein to their natural ingenopathy, and their autonomy allows them to make proper use of their social awareness and natural sexuality. This requires them to have passed an inflection point earlier in development that brutalized their anterior cingulate cortex. But they are still capable of sadism, which is the important thing.

You need to know which people to hit, and when, to keep them from getting uppity. Good leadership is like whack-a-mole; people usually know when they’re testing the boundaries.

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13 Responses to Sigma theory

  1. Koanic says:

    GREAT post. Only mystifying bit was the antepasto singularity thingey.

  2. Edenist whackjob says:

    I think a Sigma is someone who is epitomized by Steve Martin’s line “be so you they can’t ignore you”.

    The left side of the sexual hierarchy (alpha, beta, delta, etc) is essentially a Guardian society. The Sigma wanders in and has such high value that he just can’t be ignored. Winning by Trade, in Ribbon-speak.

    It’s a very Magician thing (see “King, Warrior, Magician, Lover”, a real archetype-porn-fest tome) to raise yourself up by Trade. I’m very drawn to it. I don’t have much sadism, though, I’m quite disgusted by it as it “lowers my vibration”.

    As I’ve said before I was much more neurotypical when I was younger, including the capacity for sadism and other evil. It’s to the point where I have to make up rationalizations for dominating women in the bed. I just lack the mean streak, or if I summon it I fear what consequences it will have because global coherence engine.

    • Edenist whackjob says:

      Read your sadism post and it seems I confused your definition with sexual sadism.

      I guess I am a bit of a sadist, using your definition, but I have grown too much ethics-revulsion on top to ever use it. I feel the urge to bring vengeance to someone who wronged me, but my mind immediately slaps me down and I start to think about the bad karma, and how I should feel sorry for the guy, and Marcus Aurelius said that thing, etc etc…

      • Edenist whackjob says:

        “I guess I am a bit of a sadist, using your definition”

        Evidence of this: I enjoyed trolling people online when I was younger. I could never do that now. I did it once earlier this year, in a quite mild manner which most would classify as “harsh criticism” more than trolling, but it made me feel quite bad afterwards.

        I probably do have a bit of cro-mag in me, judging by some of my darker personality traits (the obsession with sex being one), but luckily I have managed to mold my brain to somewhat fix the faults.

    • Edenist whackjob says:

      That quote should read “be so good they can’t ignore you”.

  3. Lazer says:

    At Edenist whackjob “be so good they can’t ignore you”.

    This is what Tex means when he says “Every day is jump day for Thals” (http://vault-co.blogspot.com/2014/01/the-sun-is-shutting-down-for-couple.html).

    Also per your Comment in https://aeolipera.wordpress.com/2015/10/27/hay-look-im-all-sciencey-now/ about IT nerds being Elitist. Its simply understanding the maxim that how one does one thing is how they do everything. However, in the modern era work is done at work and not out of the office.

    Thals hack this by running the same Linux OS (amongst other things) out of the office on their home machine as they do on their work computer. However, in cube farms the stress can lower the productivity ever so slightly. This is why we are all thought to be loafers. When we leave the office we are still running on the same mindset so excellence at home looks like laziness (or complaining) to a Melon or Cro. This mentallity is necessary to put a man on the moon or ensure that civilization stays running, but not good for large group partying. Cros and melons view it as competition rather than a Thal just ensuring that everything stays running smoothly. This pretains to sigma because a sigma knows that any slip and he can lose his self-suffciency.

    Or as a christian would say “God is always watching”

  4. justabum says:

    Man, I seen Manson spit it at a gig, after his heinous homosexual acts on stage enraged the crowd, a righteous Bogan took the empty beer bottle of cro-mag vengeance in hand. As fate would have it, the Bogan pegged the lead guitarist square in the head. Blood and all. It was funny watching Manson jump off stage swinging the microphone stand wildly at the front of the mosh pit, as the bouncers throw him back on stage half a dozen times. It was like Manson was crowd surfing on the bouncers.

    The whole crowd was chanting “Faggot, faggot, faggot.” From the beginning of the homosexual acts, till the poofter left the stage.

    Manson said, before leaving the stage after making it through 2 and a bit songs, “Fuck you Perth, I’m going to fuck your mothers, then I’m going to fuck your girlfriends and then I’m going to fuck you too!!!”

    The best part, being showered in all the Goth chicks tears. lol One even scratched me, though I did kinda crush her on the front of the barrier in the mosh pit.

    Financial autonomy… is good.

    I didn’t get the sadism thing till about 22 years, being a goofy king of the hill is a fun time though, happened quite a few times. The sadism tends to kick in when you need it, adverse situations and what not.

    • Aeoli Pera says:

      >Man, I seen Manson spit it at a gig

      I can’t find a definition for “spit it”.

      >after his heinous homosexual acts on stage enraged the crowd, a righteous Bogan took the empty beer bottle of cro-mag vengeance in hand. As fate would have it, the Bogan pegged the lead guitarist square in the head. Blood and all.

      It seems like no matter what crowd you attract, you can’t escape the assholes. Even Protest the Hero has this happen, and they’re a pretty intellectual bunch. They are so good that it doesn’t even interrupt the performance: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pkeWMwYPneg

      >It was funny watching Manson jump off stage swinging the microphone stand wildly at the front of the mosh pit, as the bouncers throw him back on stage half a dozen times. It was like Manson was crowd surfing on the bouncers.

      Butthurt? :-P

      >Financial autonomy… is good.

      That’s the kind of insight you can only get here folks :-).

      >I didn’t get the sadism thing till about 22 years, being a goofy king of the hill is a fun time though, happened quite a few times. The sadism tends to kick in when you need it, adverse situations and what not.

      Yeah, I’d imagine you’re right about that.

  5. justabum says:

    “Spit it” is Shortened Aussie slang for Aussie slang “Spit the dummy”.

    Spit the dummy = butthurt.

    :-D

    Formal Aussie slang dic

    http://www.koalanet.com.au/australian-slang.html#S

    Spit the dummy : get very upset at something

    That egg in de face was pretty funny, he took it like a champ.

    Pity I couldn’t find video footage of Manson back in 99.

    http://www.mtv.com/news/511895/rocky-big-day-out-for-manson-hole/

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