“I don’t know what I would have done if I was sitting in Cruz or Rubio’s shoes. I can’t say it that way. If I were on the stage, I would have said, ‘have you been listening to him tonight? Have you been listening to what I say about him? I believe these things. If I was close enough and had a knife, the stabbing just wouldn’t stop.”
– Glenn Beck
At a certain point the Gamma grows hysterical, enters a rage phase, and will have murder fantasies like the above. In reality chubby Beck would do nothing of the sort but in his head he’s slaying the dragon while wearing his shiniest suit of armor.
Soon after the rage phase comes the down cycle and the Gamma will withdraw and console himself with lies about how he’s the better man, more honorable, has higher standards, and is the true victor by remaining true to his convictions. Never mind the fact that he’s lost whatever battle he was fighting and has retreated, in the Gamma’s head he is victorious.
If anyone cares to listen he’ll describe himself as the bravest of knights who would enter the dragon’s den and pierce the side of the dragon with his lance knowing it would lead to his own death. The martyrdom in his head is the last stop of the delusion.
After all of this fantasy plays out like a clichéd D&D adventure the reality of what he has said and done will seep over him like a black fog, he will feel guilty for the thought of violence against another, for saying something so insanely stupid, and the fact that he’s still losing. Since Glen Beck is a media personality he can’t really go away, but most Gammas would suddenly disappear from wherever they acted so stupidly. I’d expect a depressed Beck for a week on his show if I bothered to listen.
Frankly, I’m not surprised that Glen Beck got to this point because if you will recall some female Trump supporters shouted him down and mocked him to the point of looking like he was going to cry. I don’t know if there’s a greater shame for a Gamma than being mocked by a woman. He hasn’t forgotten that incident.
I’m curious about the similarities and differences with Omega rage. A preliminary analysis follows.
Both are born of long-term anger suppression, with analogy to pressure building within a vessel, and both can be released explosively along unexpected fault lines or in response to relatively small pinpricks. The suppression is neither moral nor strictly voluntary, but rather a response to the (correct) perception of impotence and later consequences.
But it seems like the anger mechanism is different: in Gammas, the frustration generally comes from being disrespected (i.e. ignored), whereas in Omegas it generally comes from the overstimulation (i.e. anxiety) of being included (search da blergh for “behaviorism” for more on this). The Unabomber’s neurotic response to the demands of modern life is a good example of the latter (see Cooijmans). Beck is turning into a great example of the former.
It seems to be a universal rule that neurotics fantasize about stabbing. (VP commenter Blue88 pointed out that this tendency has been noted before.) However, Omega mass murderers tend to be pretty utilitarian when it comes down to business.