You may be aware of alpha and beta males, but perhaps not a Sigma male. So what is a Sigma male, what personality traits do they have and are you one of them?
The Alpha and Beta males are part of the status hierarchy. The alpha male is at the top of the hierarchy, the leader, and the beta males are below them further down the ladder. It’s the leader and follower relationship. Both are part of a rigid set of rules that make up society, social norms and determine social status.
Then we have those that don’t wish to be part of the hierarchy as a personal choice. They have no desire to be a leader, and neither do they wish to follow, these are the sigma males. Sigma males tend not to like rules or limits, so they naturally have a problem with authority. They operate outside of the hierarchy, conformity and limitations feel unnatural to the sigma male.
It is not necessarily that they are against all hierarchies, just the ones that they see as restricting and flawed that require conformity. They don’t look to compete directly with the majority, but rather to follow a different path. The sigma male may seek to create his own hierarchy to sit at the top of.
Traits & Characteristics of the Sigma Male
They are often loners by choice. They often find groups to be limiting, the members of a particular group place high value on conforming to certain ways of thinking. The sigma male will sense something is wrong; they will be unable to fully express themselves in this type of environment. Groups will often feel restrictive; this naturally leads to a desire for solitude.
They are often self employed. This naturally comes from the desire for a lack of restrictions and a resistance to authority.
They are private people. Their main focus is to do their own thing, not to seek attention or approval. Some people will avoid attention due to anxiety or shyness, however for the sigma male it’s due to a psychological preference.
They are independent. Independence is very important to a sigma male, they are self reliant and pride themselves on not needing help from others.
They’re inward thinkers. They are often thinking in depth about things, also very analytical in their thinking, this causes them to often seek out their private alone time to think.
Sigma Male Personality Traits – Big Five Model
The most obvious traits of the sigma male is being low in extroversion and high in openness. This combination creates a private and non conformist personality. They are also ambitious with a desire for success; this comes from being high in conscientiousness, particularly industriousness. Being low in agreeableness may also contribute to a not wanting to conform. They could be either high or low in neuroticism, this would determine how much of a risk taker they were.
Myers Briggs Type Indicator
After giving this a little thought I am going with an introverted, intuitive, thinking perceiver (INTP). They’re detached from the social norms and hierarchies, they are introverted, analytical and a free thinking rebel with ambition.