“What’s troublesome is how far we take the analogy, even if we don’t particularly like the alpha males in our office, our circle of friends or our sports league. Because the power dynamic is reflected in the natural world, we’ve internalized the notion that dominance by an alpha male is the natural order of things. As such, we’ve come to recognize the characteristics of a classic alpha male as virtues. Though unseemly at times, we accept them as necessary traits for effective leadership.
I would argue, however, that they are not. While I recognize that our world needs leaders, I would caution anyone away from choosing the asshole lifestyle in the pursuit of alphadom. Because we are not animals. While this behavior may win you a momentary position of power, it won’t last.”
Counters, and consequences;
1. There is always someone bigger than you, and they might kill you. You never know if the person you just pissed off in the bar is an assassin. They never look like an assassin, idiot. The loudest person in the bar is least likely to kill you. The quiet guy who doesn’t want any trouble? Buy him a drink and run.
2. Great way to lose friends who call you out and get surrounded by sycophants.
3. What all prisoners have in common for $200.
4. There are these things called rights and they’re legally enforceable.
Here’s a fact, most murderers and rapists begin as lower level abusers, domestic or habitual fighters.
Terrible link but it gets the gist. There are mathematical patterns to this.
They get a sense of invincibility from it and finally ‘graduate’ to murder or rape (both involve taking). They get a sexual thrill out of violating personal boundaries (hence the emphasis of this as a red flag). From medical accounts, they prepare for their future crimes psychologically (what if, but dark) and anticipate it, almost willing an excuse, and sometimes it forms a masturbation fantasy. TMI but true. Plenty of serial killers/rapists are compulsive masturbators. Drug use and alcohol abuse are also common, they like being out of it. Later this forms part of their legal defense.
They begin as antisocial, the clinical behaviours of aggression, and escalate. If they’ve lost one marble, odds are they’ve lost the rest, you just don’t know it yet. You don’t owe anyone your life trying to ‘fix’ them. That’s how you end up dead.
Uncontrollable anger isn’t alpha. Toddlers have it. I’ve yet to hear a single valid virtue of the alpha male that shouldn’t apply to all men (boohoo you aren’t special), and usually most people, in fact. But hey, the self-improvement cult on social media doesn’t care about pesky logic.
Humans don’t have a single, unified personality.
We are an assembly of influences. There was a book called Multiplicity on it.
I always make sure to ask a hipster SJW which depression meds she/he is on. Always SSRIs.
Why don’t they work, you ask?
I’m so glad you did. You see, psychology likes to bullshit its way to any plausible sounding causation without doing the Real Science of actually, you know, testing it. Against other explanations. Or beyond correlations. So with the big ($$$) problems like the umbrella ‘depression’ (which now, thanks to lax diagnosis, basically everyone has) there are at least a few Big Causes to be repeated ad nauseum while they can milk it for sweet, sweet funding juice.
Depression pills work on the Chemical Cause hypothesis.
Party line: Mental illness is caused by a neurochemical imbalance in the brain. Note the underline, we’ll come back to it later.
Sure, the brain has neurochemicals. Sure, they can be out of balance (and right themselves again over time, long live control groups). But did you know a normal person taking said pills can have their neurochemistry irreversibly altered? So they require harder and harder ‘medicines’ up to anti-psychotics, the strongest class, taken For Life? Funny that. Also, note the number of spree killers who had a history of this drug escalation in their files. It isn’t gun control laws. It’s the drugs. They don’t work – the way they should. They do work, to worsen already unstable people into psychotic episodes.
If you’re interested in a Berlin psychiatrist’s perspective, this woman is one of my favourite writers.
Disclaimer: medications have their place IF i) they are thoroughly researched ii) they are correctly applied and iii) they are banned from people who do not demonstrate a need for them (hypochondriacs, drug-abusers and attention-seekers are more common to a psychiatrist than any other type of Doctor).
Why should I care, DS?
Because psychiatry is moving away from relatively harmless SSRIs (if you ignore the Prozac suicides) to the stronger stuff, anti-psychotics. If they can fuck up a schizophrenic, imagine what they can do to normal kids who came in through the door on the blatant BS of ADHD. Expect more shootings, or gorey school stabbings, even if all guns were banned, and other horrific crimes that will be passed off as Religion’s Fault. Did I mention most people brought into London’s prison system, also meet some criteria for schizophrenia? Yup. The biology of these medications, and other drugs like ‘safe’ marijuana, are well known. They just don’t care.
To leave you with a brain teaser, consider this addendum to the QM study already cited;
Interestingly, there was no increase in risk of violence for untreated prisoners with delusional disorder. [control group, no drugs] Drug-induced psychosis was linked with a nearly twofold risk of violence following release, but this became non-significant following adjustments for drug and/or alcohol dependence**.
Do you understand more than the researchers now, given this article?