Manosphere Theodore "Teddy" Beale / Vox Day / Vox Popoli/Teddy Spaghetti - pretentious self-imporant Ultra-Right Science Fiction writer and publisher

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Can someone explain to me why he uses 'gamma' as an insult? After looking it up being a gamma seems like an ideal way to live your life.
You know how people will use the "Alpha/Beta" as a general short hand for male behavior? Teddy came up with a more complex way to gauge male social status (archive) that hints at someone who needs to put down the D&D watched too many teen movies. Here is a summary from memory:

Alpha=top dogs of a male hierarchy, there can only be one. Quarter back or Team Captain
Beta=high ranking males who are below the Alpha. High ranking teammates
Delta=Average guys. Just-on-the-team or average spectator
Sigma=Too-cool-4-school lone wolf, someone who could be an Alpha but prefers to be his own man. 50's greaser like The Fonz or the biker kid from Twin Peaks
Gamma=low ranking guys who harbor jealousy for Alpha and Betas. Bitter nerd who hates all the jocks

Here were two I forgot:

Omega=the truly hopeless. The school's resident downy
Lambda=Homosexuals. The Gay kid.

If you look at the gist of what a "Gamma" is (a), it's someone who can't admit they are wrong. This would put Ted right in the Gamma category, except he is the "alpha" of a personality cult (though building a 2smirt4u cult of die hards who do not question you sounds very gamma to me). From what I remember, Ted considers himself a "Sigma."

People buy into the whole notion of a "Gamma" because what he is describing is a very real kind of person (wrapped up in socio-dick measuring of course), an "Intellectual Narcassist", which is a narcassist who closely identifies with the intellect, and needs to be the smartest person in the room. Now that describes Ted very well, and if he is one, the poking and prodding from the ROTC guys may just cause him to have a full on meltdown.

Edit: Here is a good article explaining Intellectual/Cerebral Narcissists (archive of relevant parts of the article in the spoilers below). Read that and tell me that doesn't sound like Teddy.

What is a cerebral or a somatic narcissist? Let’s find out what the traits of each type are.

It’s fair to say that by now, most people will have a pretty good idea of what a narcissist is.

For those that don’t know: Narcissism is an overwhelming admiration for oneself, a grandiose attitude to one’s talents and an exaggerated sense of self-importance.

Psychological studies on narcissism have now divided narcissists into two types – cerebral and somatic.

Cerebral narcissists use their brain and intelligence to impress those around them, whilst somatic narcissists use their body (“soma” comes from ancient Greek and means ‘body’).

There are some psychologists that believe you are either one or the other, and others that think narcissists can switch between the two states.

So how can we discern which is which and what should we be looking out for?

Cerebral narcissist
  • Uses their mind to prove their uniqueness
  • Highly intelligent
  • Huge ego
  • Grandiose achievements
  • Holds a position of power and authority
  • No interest in sex
Cerebral narcissists will either be highly intelligent, or they will pretend to be. The one thing that they want praise for is their amazing intellect and to them, their body is merely an inconvenience.

Cerebral narcissists will hold positions of high power and authority where they have a great responsibility. They are able to convince others to do what they want because of their supreme self-confidence. They surround themselves with people who are likely to be push-overs. They consider themselves to be God-like and untouchable when it comes to the law.

Cerebral narcissists will want to dazzle you with their academic achievements, their command of the English language and their scholarly intelligence. To them, the mind is everything and their bodies just get in the way, which is why many of them are celibate.
 
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