The phrase “beta male” was coined by psychologist and author of the New York Times bestseller The Art of Manliness, Dr. Jonathan Haidt.
The phrase is often used to describe a person who has a higher than average amount of self-esteem, according to the New Yorker.
Dr. Haidts website says that people with a beta-male personality tend to be insecure and less socially adept.
“We see that a lot of the time, when a person says, ‘I’m a beta,’ they are in a state of low self-confidence and lack of confidence in themselves,” Dr. Peter Singer, a psychologist at the University of Chicago, told the New Scientist.
“This is a person with low self esteem, low self confidence, low social competence and a lack of social skills.”
People with beta-men often struggle to meet or maintain social and romantic standards.
Dr Singer explained that beta males have trouble meeting the standards that society demands of them.
“A beta man’s self-worth is very low,” he said.
“And they are not likely to meet the social expectations that society has of them.”
When someone’s self confidence drops, they can have difficulty maintaining relationships and maintaining relationships with others.
“They can lose all the good things they are proud of and their sense of self is compromised,” Dr Singer said.
A lack of self confidence can also lead to poor health and mental health.
In one study, researchers found that those with lower self-control were more likely to have a stroke and suffer from depression.
“I think this is really important to stress,” Dr Haidtz said.
When people with beta men feel insecure, they often seek to manipulate others, Dr Haimson said.
They may use a social faux pas to try to get what they want.
For example, they may try to flirt with the person they are meeting.
Or they may start a fight.
“In other words, they try to be as obnoxious as they can to get the attention that they need,” Dr Hudson said.
Beta males may also lie to try and gain the trust of the person or group they are with, according the New Scientists article.
“The people who are most likely to lie are beta males, and their deception can be pretty effective in getting what they need.”
Dr Hudson added that a beta man can also be manipulative, “particularly if they know that they’re going to get more attention and be accepted by their partner, and so they’ll be more likely than people of other genders to manipulate,” he added.
The study also found that beta men are more likely not to report any symptoms of depression.
A person who is in a beta relationship is more likely, on average, to have an underlying mental illness and may have symptoms of borderline personality disorder, the researchers found.
When a beta is in the relationship, the person may be afraid to be alone and feel isolated.
Dr Hudson also said that a person in a alpha relationship may feel that the relationship is the “only thing that matters.”
“They may feel as if they have no choice,” Dr Hanson said.
Dr Haedts website is filled with stories about beta males who are happy and fulfilled in their relationships, but find themselves lonely and insecure.
“If you’re a beta, you’re probably not the happiest person in the world,” he told the researchers.
“You’re not the most successful person in your social circle, but you’re the most confident.”
Dr Heddts website also offers advice on how to change your personality and how to become a more confident person.
It also gives tips on how you can find love.
You can read the full article at the NewYorker.com.