Love the unfalsifiable system you got going here. Everyone you don't like is or will become "gamma", by the time your rationalization is over.
Contrast these two contradictory ideas. One is that gamma behavior is defined, identifiable, widespread, and recognizable. The other is that gamma behavior is unfalsifiable and is solely defined by my personal dislikes. Both statements cannot be true; the irony, of course, is that in his passive-aggressive language, Tarrou shows signs of the very behavior that he implicitly claims is impossible to recognize.
But the fact is that gammas are real, their behavior is both identifiable and predictable, and their existence has nothing to do with my likes and dislikes. In fact, in my personal life, I tend to have the most problems with Alphas, who erroneously view my Sigma self-confidence as a challenge to their place at the top of the social hierarchy and often react badly to me. I have very little real-world contact with Gammas, as I don't like them and their social rank is too low for them to be often present in my social circles.
Online is a different story, as it is Gammas who tend to make up the vast majority of persistent problem commenters on this and every other blog on the Internet. I can provide a new example almost every single day; here is one from just this morning courtesy of a previously banned Gamma commenter at Vox Popoli.
But first, some context. Aaron had been banned from VP for more than a few weeks, possibly even a few months now. I don't recall why, but his behavior was egregious enough to land him on the programmed autovanish list. He waited until he perceived I had made a mistake, then leaped to take advantage of it, leaving no less than 7 comments despite all of them being autovanished.
Once he belatedly realized that no one was seeing them, he left these two additional comments on two different posts, one of which had nothing to do with the subject he had nominally been addressing.
You can dish it out but u can't take it, eh Vox? Classic :) I know your type very well....drone on and on about being Alpha but are cowards in the end....always the sameNow, the significant thing about these two comments is that they are, almost word for word, very much the same as every other Gamma who has been banned or spammed on either VP or AG over the years. We're talking about dozens of individuals who are totally unrelated except for their similar behaviors. The accusations of cowardice, the obsession with power, the assertion that he knew it was coming, the contempt for everyone else who didn't rise up and join his one-man revolution against me, the posturing about being too strong, too smart, too effective, too something to be permitted to remain active in the community, all of these things are standard Gamma responses. Even the weird spelling and capitalization is par for the course.
I was waiting for u to ban me....I'm a little bit too effective for you eh Vox? I dont blame u, u are a weak man after power, and I undermine your power... Well, this will be our little secret. Your dumb as fuck followers won't know a thing.
The only thing that is missing from Aaron's reaction is the feigning of enjoyment, the "LOL", and the various claims of how the Gamma finds it "hilarious" or "so funny" to be kicked out.
Now, I didn't create this pattern of behavior. I didn't define it. I merely recognized it and labeled it. And once you recognize it, you can't unsee it, but will see it everywhere you go. That's because Gamma is real, it is a normal category of male sociosexuality. It's not merely an insult or an invented name to call someone in order to get a rise out of them.
Gamma is not even intrinsically bad, it simply is, and wishing it away or pretending it doesn't exist will not change anything. In fact, the very worst thing for a Gamma male is for him to pretend that it does not exist, because until he accepts the fact of its existence, accepts that the psychological profile fits him, and accepts that his behavior conforms to certain recognizable patterns, it is very difficult for him to even begin to do anything to surmount it and raise his social status.