Yesterday I talked about Alpha music. Now let's look at another very popular form of music, which is Gamma music. My impression, and it is little more than that, is that Gamma music is particularly popular with women because the Gamma mindset is most similar to the female one.
What is Gamma music? Well, I was driving in the car with a teenage boy the other day, thereby introducing him to some music that was hitherto unknown to him, and one band he rather liked nevertheless struck him as unappealing in one way. "Why is this guy always whining?" he asked.
One guess as to what band it was? Anyhow, my nominee for the most Gamma band of all time are responsible for this song:
I would say I'm sorry
If I thought that it would change your mind
But I know that this time
I've said too much
Been too unkind
Talks too much. Thinks too much. Calculated actions.
I try to laugh about it
Cover it all up with lies
I try and
Laugh about it
Hiding the tears in my eyes
'cause boys don't cry
Fake laughing, dishonest public postures, lies and more fake laughing, and reduced to tears by a breakup. Any doubts about what we're dealing with here? On a more subtle note, mark the reference to "boys" versus the Maroon 5 lyrics in the fake Gamma song yesterday.
I gotta be a man
There ain't no other way
Gammas are very uncomfortable with referring to themselves as men. It's a reliable tell. In fact, they can hardly say the words "manly" or "masculine" without sarcasm.
I would break down at your feet
And beg forgiveness
Plead with you
But I know that
It's too late
And now there's nothing I can do
And they wonder why women aren't attracted to them. And notice that the Gamma is helpless. Agency belongs to the woman, not to him. This is directly contra the Alpha perspective, where the mere act of meeting his eyes is sufficient to confer ownership of the woman.
I would tell you
That I loved you
If I thought that you would stay
But I know that it's no use
That you've already
Gammas are manipulative. This is the second time he says his actions are guided by her expected responses. He can't act in his own right, but only in terms of her anticipated actions.
Misjudged your limits
Pushed you too far
Took you for granted
I thought that you needed me more
Now I would do most anything
To get you back by my side
But I just
Keep on laughing
Hiding the tears in my eyes
This is just groveling, or rather, applied pedestalization. She walked away, most likely in disgust, so he's assuming it was something he did, rather than something he wasn't. The last bridge is the most appalling; despite being willing to do almost anything to get her back, the one thing he won't do is be honest about his feelings because he's not guaranteed to get her back.
This song, by The Cure, of course, is a brilliant demonstration of the Gamma mind, demonstrating Gamma fear, Gamma pride, and above all, the core Gamma trait, Gamma dishonesty.