Gamma is characterized by ego and false belief. Here’s how I think you make a Gamma:
1. Have problem.
2. Problem causes pain.
3. Treat pain with delusion.
4. Delusion forms identity.
5. Identity feeds ego.
6. Ego seeks prestige.
7. Prestige-seeking causes problem.
8. Goto line 1.
Line 7 is because underlying problems never actually get fixed, which causes error cascades. So it’s like shooting for a regional title after losing at the state level because you’ve convinced yourself the loss was bogus.
The problem is that this emotional strategy works in the short term. It’s like when a person becomes addicted to gambling because they won early on.
I believe Delta Man is describing the process of making an Omega, more or less, which is a state of despair called learned helplessness that is induced by “random” punishments. Typically this is due to miscommunication of some kind—an authority figure uses punishment to correct a behavior, but for some reason the Omega doesn’t make the correction. Often, they don’t mentally make the intended connection between the punishment and the behavior, and after many attempted corrections the punishments are seen as uncaring or malicious. I gave an example of this in the cognitive empathy post. It’s also possible that the Omega is unable to correct the behavior, like when the bank assesses punitive fees when I don’t pay my student loans.
However, it can also be a matter of simple abuse. Here’s an example of one of those: