Defining the Sigma Male

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James Dean defines the Sigma male in many ways

Everybody talks about Alpha and Beta males, but few discuss the enigmatic Sigma male. However, in many ways, the Sigma male is the most interesting of all male types because he is mysterious, an outsider, and is yet a successful plunderer of poon. He is the antithesis of Mr. Popularity, the Alpha male, and yet women are drawn to him.

Since embracing my natural instincts and tossing aside the Anglo-American cultural indoctrination that grooms men to be soft-spoken utility objects known as Beta males, I have realized I am a natural Sigma male. And as a man who has shifted way from my Beta past, a role foisted upon me by society until I saw the shadows on the wall and embraced my natural, Sigma bad boy instincts I feel it’s important to define what a Sigma male is.

The crucial difference between the two top dogs in the sexual hierarchy is this: Alphas embrace and move to manipulate and dominate society’s ridiculous games in an extroverted manner, while introverted (and often more intelligent) Sigmas are repulsed by them.

Here are some more Sigma traits.

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Sigmas prefer to go it alone rather than playing the ridiculous social games the rest of society obsesses over

Sigma Traits

Rebellious. Sigmas are the rebels of society, and as an INTP I am beginning to realize how deep my rebelliousness runs after shedding the coil of social indoctrination. Sigma males naturally loathe confining and arbitrary social norms and expectations, seeking instead to live original and authentic lives of their own design. Statistics show higher intelligence (which many Sigmas possess) is correlated with more run-ins with the law. We can find ourselves on the wrong side of the law since we have little regard for rules and regulations intended to rule the lives of “follower” men with an iron fist.

Original. Sigmas are never plain vanilla or predictable. Unlike the Alpha, they do not crave social acceptance or lofty social laurels. Many Sigmas prefer to blend into the background and watch the ridiculousness of society in a bemused manner. (The Great Master artist Bruegel the Elder comes to mind when discussing this attitude.)

Sigmas do not blindly follow groups or trends. They’re likely to have eccentric behavior and tangential interests in a number of academic fields. This leads to their greatest potential source of friction in a world of fearsome conformists: some people are put off by men with minds so original they cannot conform to the prejudices and constraints of the society they’re in, but originality is the very essence of the Sigma.

Drift in and out of social situations. This is both the Sigma’s greatest asset and worst weakness: the ability to drift in and out of high and low castes in society with ease. But we will never truly belong to any of them. I have personally walked with “kings” of society and peasants, and I see them as being more alike than not. When I worked in the mainstream media, I could be on television the first half of the day then at night partying with whores from the wrong side of town. Sigmas don’t get themselves caught up in the trappings of fleeting glory and petty social hierarchies. They define Rudyard Kipling’s statement in one of his most famous poems, If:

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
    Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
    If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
    With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
    And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!

Tendency to cause conflict. Nothing scares the average person more than someone who challenges the trite myths they believe in. Sigmas are the original thought criminals of society. The original thoughts of Sigmas upset many people, who need to be told what to think and how to behave rather than determining what are appropriate thoughts and actions for themselves. This will undoubtedly cause conflict if the Sigma’s true opinions seep out into the gossip mill of the average corporate “Office Space” inferno. The freethinking Sigma will be ostracized, and Alphas will move to have the Sigma marginalized so as to try and eliminate competition with lapdog Betas following suit.

Quirky behavior. Sigmas can have quirky personalities, which again puts them at odds with Alpha males and the masses. Sigmas have an air of unpredictability and can be quite enigmatic and mysterious to those who do not take the time to try and understand him. They won’t be men who live the life script given to them by the Great Marketing Machine, that tells them which car to buy, what house to live in, and how much money to make. They also won’t treat women with supplicating deference as Beta males do, which incidentally makes women hot.

Lone wolves. Since Sigmas do not “fit in” to most social groups, we often find ourselves journeying through life alone. Many Sigmas become bad boys when they realize how innately insane society is and that there is no saving it from itself. In film, the Sigma would be the motorcycle riding guy in a leather jacket in the back of the bar. The IDGAF factor is very high in the Sigma, especially once he reaches maturity and begins to purge the sewer pumped into his mind by decades of public school and mass media programming.

Subject to social scrutiny and criticism. Nothing bothers conformists more than someone who totally rejects the sophistry and social game playing they worship. This can make the Sigma a lightning rod for criticism. As Sigmas age, they can become more adept at being “chameleons” when in social situations. They can fake being a normal rube well enough that the prejudices of the average idiot are not aroused, while knowing deep inside they hold the cards. Sigmas can possess Red Pill knowledge while blending in with the average person. This gives the Sigma great strength in that it allows mastery of both social situations and himself.

Provoke love or hate attitudes in people. Some people love the rebel. Others are terrified by what he represents. There is usually little in the middle when it comes to the reactions the Sigma provokes. People either love or hate him. Alphas often hate Sigmas once they’re identified, perhaps because the Alpha knows the Sigma sees right through the ridiculous social game playing he is beholden to. Betas will often go into orbit around the Sigma, that is unless the Sigma’s original mind and IDGAF attitude become the subject of a social stigma. Then, fair weather friend type Betas will evaporate into the ether.

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Sigmas are non-conformists who drift in and out of different social situations

Further Defining the Sigma

Knowing the Sigma archetype can help other men who find themselves between a rock and hard place trying to decide whether they’re Alpha or Beta or lower on the totem pole realize they’re neither. They can also realize it’s okay to be different.

It is my personal belief that those men who possess the INTP and INTJ Kiersey/Myers-Briggs personality types are often natural Sigma males, in that many of the traits associated with those personalities are Sigma traits. A look at the descriptions of both types illustrates my point. First, the INTP, as defined by 16 Personalities:

The INTP personality type is fairly rare, making up only three percent of the population, which is definitely a good thing for them, as there’s nothing they’d be more unhappy about than being “common”. INTPs pride themselves on their inventiveness and creativity, their unique perspective and vigorous intellect. Usually known as the philosopher, the architect, or the dreamy professor, INTPs have been responsible for many scientific discoveries throughout history. INTPs are known for their brilliant theories and unrelenting logic – in fact, they are considered the most logically precise of all the personality types.

Then, the even rarer INTJ:

It’s lonely at the top, and being one of the rarest and most strategically capable personality types, INTJs know this all too well. INTJs form just two percent of the population, and women of this personality type are especially rare, forming just 0.8% of the population – it is often a challenge for them to find like-minded individuals who are able to keep up with their relentless intellectualism and chess-like maneuvering.

This does not mean every INTP or INTJ is a Sigma. However, it’s a safe bet to say many Sigmas are probably INTP or INTJ types.

In essence, the Sigma male is the model of adaptability in a cruel world. He adapts to get what he wants out of the world without participating in it, and stays true to himself and his beliefs unlike the courtiers of society. As Darwin knew, it is not the strongest of species that survive, but the most adaptable. Sigmas are models of adaptability, as they bang countless women while never betraying who they really are.

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8 comments

  • I’ll just say this, you can’t fly like an eagle if you’re swimming with the ducks. I think I made that up. You can quote me.

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  • I am an INFJ and what you say describes me till the last letter, although I am still fighting to finish my deprogramming. I keep falling into old habits. I think you should add INFJ’s to the list of probably Sigma types.

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  • I am INTJ. The Sigma archetype describes me to a T.

    I agree that introverts will tend to be sigma rather than alpha when they become self aware and confident. I’ve always seen myself as an outsider/lone wolf etc. Even though I can and will be socially dominant, I often find it tedious and draining to be social all the time. I am known for just disappearing when I’m among large groups of friends and we are all out. I balk at social convention and don’t really care to follow anyone’s rules but my own. This causes conflict in my social life but I also happen to thrive and sometimes long for conflict.

    I think the Sigma male could do for more analysis among the manosphere.

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  • Great article! When I first learned about the different types of Alphas such as the sigma, it had a huge positive impact on my overall self-esteem. I understood that my way of being – like a tiger hunting, the lone wolf, or even a mountain lion, there was a natural way to my personality including my preference to solitude and observation. I didn’t have to pretend to try and be like the primary talkative alpha who enjoys attention and leads the pack. Nothing wrong about that as that is their natural state, but very helpful to understand these differences. Eventually, I came to remind myself that James Bond was a sigma so all is good. I also remember doing the personality test you called out in my company and during a video conference call with many of our leadership made up of a lot of people, I was the only one with an INTP and I actually felt pretty good about it. They laughed about it in a friendly way and I told them, “that’s right, I am one of a kind” for kicks.

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  • I’m sure you’re writing this all with me in mind! I think I had some sigma in me even when I was young at school. I think sigma is bottom-up when everything else is top-down. A lot of it dependent on luck and people pleasing. The hustling life is not for everyone but it’s the fun kind of hard work for some types.

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  • Interesting post. I’m an INTJ female, and have yet to personally meet any other women who might be the same type. I think I know a few TP or TJ males who I find worthy of conversation.

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  • “Sigmas are models of adaptability, as they bang countless women while never betraying who they really are.”

    But they’re not reproducing or at least very few of them are. So I’m guessing these traits are more learned than inborn.

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  • I guess most guys in the manosphere are more Sigma then Alpha, as they are mostly the way you describe them. I find myself in those descriptions too.

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