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Your Complete Guide to the Sigma Male Archetype

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If the alpha male is the archetype in charge and the beta male is the one who would rather follow than lead, then where does the sigma male fit into the picture?

Pop culture’s understanding of masculinity leans heavily toward male archetypes.

Archetypes can be seen as summaries of personality and behavior that help us better understand the world around us. 

And I don’t know about you, but for me the sigma male personality is undoubtedly one of the most interesting and fascinating archetypes.

The Sigma Male in a Nutshell

Definition: A man who is highly independent, confident, quiet, and introverted
Also known as: Lone wolf, introverted alpha, loner
Term coined by: Theodore Robert Beale, also known as Vox Day
Personality: Introvert
Do they need to belong to a group? No

What Is a Sigma Male?

Sigma male is a term used to describe a man who is highly self-reliant, confident, quiet, and who doesn’t need to belong to a group. He’s the lone wolf.

As Steve Carleton, LCSW puts it:

Sigma male is a slang term used to describe a particular type of man who is independent and self-assured. These men usually have strong personalities, strong values and don’t conform to traditional societal norms. They are typically highly intelligent and ambitious individuals who prefer to stay away from the herd mentality.

Also, as psychiatrist Harold Hong, MD explains:

The simple definition of a sigma male is an introverted alpha male.

Sigma men are the lone wolves. They possess many of the alpha characteristics — with a twist.

In fact, some may even argue that this archetype is superior to the alpha male because of its special combination of personality traits.

The Main Traits of a Sigma Male

How much do you know about this emerging style of masculinity? What follows are 24 interesting characteristics of a sigma male.

Why listen to me? I’m Crystal Jackson and I was a master’s level licensed therapist. I worked with couples and individuals and specialized in trauma recovery and empowerment. I now write content about relationships, self-improvement, and psychology. My work has been featured in large publications such as Elite Daily, Your Tango, Positively Positive, and Mamamia.

1. He’s Known as the Lone Wolf 

The sigma male embodies a lone wolf mentality. He prefers his own company to that of others, and he tends to go his own way.

He’s not influenced by societal norms but possess a steady internal compass that guides him.

And he’s not looking for attention or societal accolades. He’s just doing his own thing — and doing it so well you can’t help but notice him anyway.

2. He’s Highly Self-Reliant

Because he’s highly independent, he is also self-sufficient. This is not a man who thinks housework means only includes taking out the trash and loading the dishwasher.

The sigma male is a man capable of cooking, cleaning, and managing his myriad responsibilities — while making it look easy.

In romantic relationships, he’s not looking for someone to mother him but an equal partner who is just as capable and self-reliant. 

3. He’s the Adventurer

The sigma man tends to be a bit of a wanderer. While he can embrace the comforts of hearth and home, he also tends to be an adventurer.

He’s brave and faces risk calmly, and his knowledge-hungry heart is always on the lookout for new information to absorb.

New perspectives, new places, and different cultures — it all arouses the sigma male’s interest and curiosity. 

Infograph: The Sigma male in the socio sexual male hierarchy - male archetypes: Alpha, Sigma, Beta, Delta, Gamma, Omega
The Sigma Male in the Socio Sexual Hierarchy

4. He’s an Introvert

Unlike the alpha male, the sigma is an introvert. He prefers quiet solitude over crowds of people — although he can easily fit into any social group.

He needs time and space to think his own thoughts and contemplate the meaning of life. 

But don’t mistake him for a brooder — he may be the strong and silent type, but that’s not because he sits around and sulks. Instead, he’s happy to do his own thing, enjoy his own company, and not need the outside validation or stimulation from others. 

Also, as Dr. Breyan Haizlip, Ph.D, LPC, puts it:

Sigma males tend to be more introspective and reserved, preferring to observe and analyze rather than actively engage in social situations to demonstrate or assert dominance. They want to understand community interactions instead of identifying who has power and influence.

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5. He Is Comfortable in His Own Skin

As Steve Carleton, LCSW explains,

“Sigma males tend to have a strong self-confidence in their own abilities and are often bold in their decisions. They have an aura of leadership around them due to their assertiveness and decisiveness.”

That’s because they are comfortable in their own skins and, unlike alphas, don’t have the need to receive outside accolades or validation.

The sigma male likes who he is and — better still — he knows who he is and what he’s about. It radiates from him.

It’s not that he doesn’t have normal human insecurities. He just doesn’t dwell on them and is quite happy with himself.

6. He Influences Others

While the sigma man doesn’t take on the alpha’s leadership roles, he still manages to influence other people. He tends to be a trendsetter without even trying.

Because he’s so easygoing and likeable, people want to be like him.

He inspires other people without even trying — or sometimes even noticing.

7. He Doesn’t Play By Anyone’s Rules But His Own

The sigma man has the reputation for being rebellious, but rebellion implies that he is reacting to other people or outside events. He’s not.

The sigma male doesn’t care about society’s rules and norms so he’s not rebelling when he makes a decision that falls outside typical behavior for his peers.

He’s just being himself and making up his own rules for life.

You may even notice he’s happier. He’s not following anyone’s timeline but his own, and his life is richer for it. 

8. He Doesn’t Care What Other People Think of Him

He genuinely doesn’t care what other people think of him. The sigma male isn’t insensitive.

He just doesn’t make decisions based on what other people would do in his situation.

Instead, he trusts his intuition and is guided by his own thoughts, feelings, and experiences.

Because he’s a seeker of knowledge, he’ll do his own independent research to be well-informed rather than relying on social media or YouTube videos to inform his thinking.

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9. He’s Emotionally Intelligent

Far from being insensitive, this lone wolf archetype is highly emotionally intelligent. He’s not always socially intelligent since crowds and people aren’t his thing, but he’s emotionally astute.

He can read the room like no other, and he’s quite good at helping mediate conflict since he intuitively knows just what to say and do to diffuse a situation.

While he avoids drama, he’ll stand up for other people and even help de-escalate conflict when he can. 

In romantic relationships, the sigma male is sensitive to his partner’s needs. While the alpha male may engage in relational power struggles, the sigma male has no need to do this.

He understands that all relationships require balance and has the sensitivity to figure out how best to nurture the people in his life without having to be told what they want or need.

Recommended read: The 9 Most Powerful Traits of the Sigma Empath

10. He Is Highly Self-Motivated and Driven

Sigma males may not get the societal credit that alpha males do, but don’t think they’re not as ambitious.

They may not care about climbing corporate ladders to get a corner office or reaching other key leadership positions, but that doesn’t mean they’re not working hard and reaching goals.

The sigma male is self-motivated and has an internal drive to meet his own standards.

His goals may not be typical, but you can be sure that whatever they are, he’s working toward them diligently — often quietly and behind-the-scenes.

11. He’s Successful

Because the sigma male is self-motivated and driven, it’s no real surprise that he’s also successful in all that he does.

In fact, he’s often equally as successful as the alpha male without trying to compete or elevate himself. He works hard, plays hard, and enjoys his life — and it shows. 

12. He Shies Away from Commitment

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While the sigma male is emotionally astute and often emotionally available, this doesn’t mean he’s looking for commitment.

In fact, the sigma male may keep things casual because he values his space and freedom.

He may not be interested in commitment, but because he’s emotionally intelligent, he’ll tell you if this is the case. It’s not something he’ll hide to manipulate you.

This doesn’t mean sigma males never commit. They’re just highly selective about the partners they choose.

If they do prefer a relationship, they’ll take their time to make sure they’re choosing someone who is compatible with their lifestyle. 

13. He’s Incredibly Charming

One of the first things you may notice about the sigma male is his charm. It’s not as obvious as the more gregarious alpha male, but it’s there all the same.

The sigma male has a magnetic presence, and his emotional intelligence serves him well when he joins a social situation. He may not follow all the social norms, but he’ll charm you nonetheless.

14. He’s Somewhat Mysterious

Maybe it’s his unwillingness to commit or his lone wolf tendencies, but the sigma male seems a bit mysterious.

His desire for solitude and contemplation could lend that air of mystery and make him seem a bit off-limits and thus more desirable.

Because he doesn’t settle down quickly, or really settle at all, he can seem like a puzzle to solve. He’s not trying to be mysterious though. It’s just a side effect of his wonderful self-assurance.

15. He’s a Great Listener

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Couple having a conversation in a bar

While the alpha male dominates conversations and the beta male sits back and waits for his turn, the sigma male has perfected the art of listening — truly listening.

He’s not waiting for his turn to talk.

He’s actually hearing what you’re saying as well as reading between the lines.

He gives you his undivided attention while he’s doing it, and it can make you feel like the only person in the room. 

Recommended read: Good Listeners: 7 Things They Do Differently

16. He’s Capable of Leadership But Doesn’t Seek It Out

The sigma male has all the qualities of a great leader, but he’s not one to seek out attention or leadership.

He’s more like the hero in the film who has responsibility thrust on him and rises to the occasion. The sigma male is more likely to lead by example — leading without even trying to do it.

He setting trends and influencing others, but he’s not interested in dominating anyone else.

He’d much rather collaborate and see everyone succeed than be the one who stands out and takes all the credit.

17. He Values Equality

This type of man is a strong believer in equality. He’s not into the social hierarchy even though he is often placed on it in an equal place to the alpha.

He doesn’t think of people in terms of who is better and who is worse. He’s just not that kind of person.

He treats other people with the respect and dignity he wants to be treated with, and you’ll never find the sigma male talking down to servers at a restaurant or the people who pick up his garbage. 

18. He Adapts Easily

The sigma male can slide into any social scenario and seem comfortable. It’s not because he just loves socializing either. He just adapts that easily.

He reads the room, figures out who he can vibe with, and he makes it all look so easy.

Of course, it’s easy to adapt when you genuinely don’t care what other people think of you and trust your own inner judgment instead. 

19. He’s Self-Aware

One difference between sigma males and their alpha and beta counterparts is that the sigma male tends to be self-aware.

He knows he’s not perfect, but he’s not making his flaws part of the personality that you’ll just have to deal with if you want to be around him.

And he works on them. He’s doing the deep inner work of owning his baggage, and he’s self-aware enough to admit to mistakes and apologize as needed.

It’s just one more thing that makes him so attractive to others. 

20. He Keeps His Inner Circle Small

The lone wolf keeps his circle small and a bit exclusive. He carefully curates his life and that includes the people in it.

He seeks out people who vibe with him — people who add to his life. And he tends to expertly avoid energy vampires and people who are cool with using or manipulating others.

When he lets you into his inner circle, he is unfailingly loyal for life. He may love selectively, but he loves hard. 

21. He’s Not Aggressive

Unlike the alpha male, the sigma male is not at all aggressive. He can defend himself when and if it becomes necessary, but he doesn’t think violence is the answer.

He’s great at de-escalating situations simply by remaining calm and talking it out, but he also has no desire to enter a pissing contest with anyone else.

While he’s happy to compete with himself to reach a new personal best, he has no desire to show up, show out, or dominate anyone else in his life. He’s just not built that way. 

22. He’s Authentic

The sigma male isn’t embracing a particular persona.

He is entirely himself. His authenticity shines through what he says and who he is, and he’s not trying to impress you or make you like him.

He’s just sincere. You know you can trust him and depend on him because he’s just not a manipulator.

He will tell it like it is, and you just might love and hate this about him depending on what he says. 

23. He’s Open-Minded

This type of man is incredibly open-minded. He’s not at all into judging other people.

In fact, he’s so empathetic that he can easily see other perspectives even if they differ from his own.

He won’t try to persuade you to believe like he does — although he would probably be quite good at it. 

He accepts who you are because he’s paying attention and believes that if he can do his thing, you can do yours, too.

He’s a “live and let live” kind of guy, and it’s one of his many admirable traits.

And he can stay in his lane like no other and still cheer you on in yours.

24. He’s a Non-Conformist

As Steve Carleton explains, sigma males often don’t conform to traditional societal norms or expectations. They prefer to do things their own way, even if it means going against the grain.

They are often unconventional thinkers who are unafraid to challenge the status quo.

Also, “Sigma males are usually strong-minded and steadfast in their beliefs. They tend to be quite opinionated, as they don’t shy away from voicing their thoughts on certain issues. Additionally, they are not afraid to defend what they believe in and will often stand up for what is right,” adds Carleton.

sigma male infographic: definition and summary of the main traits
A Summary of the Sigma Male: Definition and Traits

Weaknesses of the Sigma Male

While the sigma male has many desirable characteristics, he’s human. He has his fair share of weaknesses, too. Individual weaknesses differ person-to-person, but here are the primary challenges of the sigma man.

His Commitment Avoidance Can Be Problematic

The sigma males avoidance of commitment can present problems in his relationships. While it’s possible he will commit to the right person, his struggle to overcome his innate avoidance could mean that he misses out on the right person as a result.

Waiting too long to commit could cost him.

He Might Feel Like an Outsider

It’s also possible that the sigma male spends much of his life feeling like an outsider. He doesn’t fit into any particular group but can easily spend time with any of them.

While this is ideal for networking, it can be hard for him to feel like he’s found his people, the ones who vibe at his level. This can be isolating.

The sigma male enjoys his own company, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t want to feel like he belongs. Social support is important to everyone — even sigma men.

His Struggle with Authority Could Cost Him

The sigma male is known for being a rebel. He’s the lone wolf of social archetypes. Unfortunately, this could cost him in the workplace.

His innate charm may be able to navigate many employment challenges, but his tendency to rebel against authority and go his own way could prevent him from being successful in specific job situations.

He might find himself changing jobs often or find that attaining the next level of success on the career ladder is hampered by his resistance to leadership other than his own.

The good news it that the sigma male can work on any of these issues. He can learn to shift his framework around how he views authority.

He can find other people that are a lot like him and create the kind of supportive community that gives him a sense of belonging.

Also, he can even address his avoidance of intimacy and learn to draw closer to his partners without seeing it as a loss of freedom or independence.

Benefits of Being a Sigma Male

Just as there are disadvantages of the sigma male lifestyle, there are benefits, too. This list isn’t all-encompassing, but it does give you an idea of how being a sigma male can be positive and helpful.

Here are four benefits of being a sigma male.

He’s Considered Highly Desirable

The sigma male is likely to have many options when it comes to dating. He’s considered a highly desirable person.

His confidence, charisma, and dynamic approach to life can attract potential partners who desire all of those attributes in a mate. It’s likely that he’ll have an active dating life. If he’s in a relationship, his partner likely feels fortunate to have him and will value the relationship more as a result.

He Tends to Be Successful in All Things

The sigma male also tends to be successful in everything he does. This is clearly a benefit. His ability to master anything he attempts is impressive, but it’s just a part of who he is.

This doesn’t mean he’s universally good at everything, but it does mean that he tends to work hard to master the things that he’s interested in doing.

His drive fuels his success, and he’s not hampered by imposter syndrome or a sense of competition with others.

He Lives His Life On His Terms

While living life on his own terms can be problematic in particular situations, overall, this is a benefit to the sigma male lifestyle.

He has very clear ideas about what he wants and then sets out to achieve that life. He doesn’t wait around for someone else to direct his actions, and he’s not looking for mentors to guide the way.

Instead, he’s steered by an internal compass that helps him make good choices that honor his wants and needs.

Disadvantages of the Sigma Male Lifestyle

The sigma male lifestyle can have disadvantages, too. After all, he’s a regular person even if he has some extraordinary qualities. Here are a few disadvantages the sigma male may have to contend with.

He Faces Competition from Alphas

The sigma male isn’t competitive with others, but that doesn’t mean anything to alphas. The sigma man might find that the alpha is constantly trying to compete and engage in one-upmanship.

Despite his lack of interest in competing with the alpha, it’s possible that he’ll find the alpha doing everything he can to undermine the sigma’s success.

They don’t have the same worldview, so it can be challenging for a sigma man to convince an alpha that they aren’t adversaries.

He Might Attract the Emotionally Unavailable

The sigma male’s tendency to be emotionally unavailable at times in relationships in an effort to avoid intimacy and commitment could mean that he attracts similar partners.

This might seem ideal on the surface, but it also makes it more likely that he’ll fall for someone who resists commitment more than he does.

It’s also possible that he’ll encounter partners who simply don’t take him seriously when it comes to long-term, exclusive relationships because of his reputation for keeping things light and easy when dating.

He Might Find Himself in More Leadership Positions

It might seem like a benefit that the sigma male finds himself in more leadership positions, but keep in mind that he is introverted at heart.

While he excels at leading, it doesn’t mean he wants the responsibility. He might be more interested in pursuing his own ideas of excellence without leading a team.

It’s possible that he could find it frustrating that other people expect him to lead even when he’d rather be doing his own thing and not worrying about everyone else.

Examples of Sigma Males in History

If we look at the traits of a sigma male, we can find examples of them throughout history. While this is purely speculative since the label of sigma male is recent, it’s easy to see how these men embody the sigma characteristics.

Here are 5 examples of sigma men in history.

Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo da Vinci has many of the sigma male characteristics. As an artist and inventor, he was anything but conventional. His way of looking at the world has left an impact that continues to this day.

He was undeniably successful and extraordinary — just like the sigma male.

Bruce Lee

Martial arts legend and actor Bruce Lee had a mindset that calls sigma males to mind. He had a unique way of seeing the world and a simple comfort in his own skin.

He taught martial arts in Hollywood while pursuing his acting career, and he eventually went to Hong Kong to make his own movies.

Steve Jobs

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When looking for famous sigma males, Steve Jobs immediately comes to mind. He has an unconventional history and lived a life that changed everyone else’s.

He was an innovator with a unique way of looking at the world, which is exactly how a sigma male would be described. In this short video, you’ll hear exactly how Steve Jobs looked at the world.

Muhammad Ali

Another possible sigma male in history was famed boxer and activist Muhammad Ali. His absolute confidence in himself and his ability to think far outside the box makes him a perfect fit for the sigma male label.

Despite his great success as a professional boxer, he used his power and influence to speak out for his beliefs — even when they were unpopular.

Johnny Cash

The Man in Black, as Johnny Cash was known, had many sigma male characteristics. He was the classic rebel who defied authority and lived according to his own principles.

Although he recorded country music, he had a distinct look that wasn’t like anyone else. This musical icon shares that trait with many sigma males.

Examples of Famous Sigma Males

While history has plenty of examples of sigma males, there are many famous sigma men in the world today.

These men are making their mark, and it’s easy to see how their traits align with those of the sigma. Here are 4 examples of famous sigma men.

Harry Styles

Singer Harry Styles is a prominent example of a sigma male. He defies social convention — particularly when it comes to gender roles and fashion.

He’s been serving up epic style, pun intended, for the last decade of his career. From feather boas onstage to skirts and lace, Harry Styles shows us that masculinity is not limited by how you dress.

His confidence and obvious comfort in his own skin make him a prime example of a sigma male.

Keanu Reeves

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There are few celebrities in the world as beloved as actor Keanu Reeves. He seems to live by his own code, and although he’s incredibly famous, he’s remained humble and down-to-earth.

His charisma, charm, and simple kindness make him an obvious choice for a famous sigma male.

Prince Harry

Prince Harry is certainly demonstrating many characteristics of a sigma male. Charming and values-driven, he’s lived a life devoted to serving others — a continuation of his mother’s legacy.

He’s also shown a tendency to speak up about wrongdoing among the royal family, which contributed to his leaving behind his royal duties.

His continued advocacy for equality and mental health awareness align with sigma male’s value-based decision making and tendency to do what is right, not what is popular.

Mark Hamill

Best known for his role as Luke Skywalker in the Star Wars franchise, actor Mark Hamill could be considered a sigma male.

His charm, sense of humor, and tendency to speak truth to power puts him in the front-running for sigma status.

In addition to his illustrious career, Hamill uses his Twitter platform with over 5 million followers to champion equality and call out abuses in power — just like a genuine sigma.

Examples of Famous Fictional Sigma Males

Fiction is filled with examples of sigma men. They stand out for their personality, charisma, and success. Here are 5 fictional sigma males you’ve likely heard of before.

Shuntaro Chishiya

Remember Chishiya in Alice in Borderland?

He’s the typical lone wolf; he’s smart, confident and self-sufficient.

He also plays well in a team, but he tends to follow his own path during the whole series. And he’s the perfect example of sigma guy.

Sherlock Holmes

There are many sigma male examples in fiction, and the first that comes to mind is genius detective Sherlock Holmes.

His charismatic personality, unique way of thinking, and refusal to live by anyone’s rules other than his own make him a perfect fit as a sigma. He also has the commitment-avoidant tendency sigma men are known to possess.

Indiana Jones

Fictional archeaologist and adventurer Indiana Jones also meets the criteria for a sigma male. His lone wolf personality and adventurous lifestyle make him the perfect example.

He also has the commitment-avoidant characteristic of most sigmas.

Doctor Who

Long-running science fiction fantasy hero Doctor Who, otherwise known as The Doctor, is also a perfect representation of the sigma male — except for the one time he regenerated into a woman. But I digress.

Doctor Who has the outside-the-box thinking that earns him the sigma label. Additionally, he has charm, charisma, commitment avoidance, a sense of adventure, and a sense of humor that are all standout sigma characteristics. He’s driven by his own moral compass and rarely follows the rules.


Graphic novel superhero Wolverine from X-Men is the quintessential sigma male. He’s a natural-born leader who prefers to be alone. He’s got charm but is the classic rebel.

He has problems with authority and a tendency to play by his own rules.

Han Solo

Han Solo is another fictional character that comes to mind when considering sigma male characteristics. From the Star Wars franchise, Han Solo prefers his own company, or the company of his companion Chewbacca, and has natural leadership abilities but no real desire to lead.

He tends to go his own way, and he’s not concerned about following the rules. He rebels against authority, fights for what he believes in, and champions the underdog.

About these examples

While these are hardly the only sigma males in the world or in fiction, these examples give you an idea of sigmas and their behavior.

While they might not have superhuman abilities, the ability to time travel, or super-sleuthing capabilities, you’ll find that the sigmas in your life standout for being kind, courageous, and powerful human beings.

What Zodiac Signs Tend to Be Sigma Males?

Any Zodiac sign can have a sigma personality, but some star signs have more of a tendency toward sigma male traits than others.

The following Zodiac signs are highly likely to gravitate toward a sigma personality. Note the following characteristics that make these celestial signs prominent in the sigma lifestyle.


Sagittarians tend to be innately driven toward freedom, curiosity, and adventure. Sound familiar? Sigmas have all of these same traits. Sagittarius is the Zodiac sign for people born between November 22 and December 21.


Another Zodiac sign that can have a tendency to be a sigma is the Capricorn. The GOAT of the Zodiac, Capricorns are ambitious loners who are capable of working well with others but prefer going it alone.

They have lofty goals and are driven by more of an internal compass than external validation. Capricorns are born between December 21 and January 20.

Recommended read: How Does a Capricorn Man Test a Woman?


Scorpios also embody sigma male traits. They tend to be free thinkers who are self-motivated.

Scorpios often prefer their own company and are often seen by other star signs as being the most mysterious of the 12 Zodiac signs. Scorpios are those born October 23 and November 21.


While many will argue that Leo males are included in the sigma male category, I would argue that Geminis are more likely to embody sigma traits.

While Geminis are often competitive, they have the charm and charisma sigmas are known to possess. Additionally, they tend to think for themselves, explore their curiosity, and maintain a sense of adventure.

While there are certainly alpha characteristics in the Gemini personality, there’s an equal likelihood of a Gemini leaning toward the sigma lifestyle instead. Geminis are born between May 21 and June 21.


Do Women Like the Sigma Male?

Yes, many women tend to feel attracted to sigma males. This is because sigma males are confident, strong, independent and they usually have a secure attachment style.

Not to mention, they are also highly emotionally intelligent, which makes them even more attractive to women.

Do Sigma Men Fall in Love?

Sigma males may be the epitome of the lone wolf archetype, but that doesn’t mean they don’t fall in love.

They absolutely do. While they often shy away from commitment, it’s because they are comfortable on their own and don’t need a relationship for external validation.

The sigma male is also incredibly selective. His hesitance to commit is sometimes tied to his determination to choose a compatible long-term partner.

If he’s not sure the relationship has real staying power, he isn’t one to give false hope by updating the relationship status. He’s self-aware enough to realize when he’s not all-in with a relationship.
When he does go all in, the sigma male is an amazing partner.

His love is powerful and constant. If he falls in love with you and thinks you’re a good long-term fit, don’t be surprised when he fully commits after a lifetime of avoiding that very thing.

Can Sigma Men Be Extroverted?

Sigma males tend to be introverts, but can any of them be extroverts? It’s unlikely but not impossible.

They aren’t fueled by outside connection but by an internal one. Sigma men can also be ambiverts, having equal elements of introvert and extrovert traits.

They can even be social introverts who often pass as extroverts due to their ability to socialize easily.

How Do Sigma Men Break Up?

Sigma men are sensitive and self-aware. When they break up with a partner, they’ll do it kindly. The sigma male doesn’t ghost the people he dates.

He won’t do a slow fade either. He’ll come right out and say that it’s not working out.

A Short Summary and a Word of Caution

According to various sources, only less than 1% of men are sigma males.

The sigma man defies the typical social hierarchy that tends to put the beta male below the alpha and sorts all other types of masculinity even further below that.

The lone wolf has many alpha qualities while eschewing attention, leadership, and social norms entirely and preferring solitude to the company of others.

Yet, he’s also sensitive, open-minded, charming, and able to adapt to any social situation. You may be a sigma male — or have one in your life. 

Yet, take caution. The title of sigma male seems to originate from video game developer and far-right activist Vox Day who has been described as a misogynist and white supremacist.

While sorting men into archetypes may seem innocent enough, doing so continues to limit our definitions of masculinity. Are we comfortable continuing to box men into smaller and smaller categories?

While it may help us more easily categorize the people in our lives, does it give them the freedom to explore what their masculinity, or even their humanity, means to them?

If we assign someone the category of sigma male, are we saying that’s better or worse than an alpha? A beta?

The sigma is known to eschew hierarchy and yet is often sorted into a prominent one.

As we explore society’s labels, it’s important to be sure that we aren’t dehumanizing other people in the process.

The sigma male thinks for himself, enjoys his own company, and is out there living his best life. He may not own the label others give him.

He may not even know it exists. He’s staying true to himself and staying in his own lane in the process. We could all learn a thing or two from the open-minded, self-reliant sigma male.

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Sunday 8th of January 2023

A very well written and incredibly insightful article. Well done, thank you.

The Truly Charming