First, victims of George Sodini, RIP. I don’t have the least desire to make light of any part of this tragedy. Maybe we can learn something from it.
Second, George Sodini, RIP. I can’t say what his final, eternal judgment is. Deliberately killing people is about the worst thing you can do. I have empathy though for the terrible problems he had and again, maybe others can learn a little from this.
Does Sodini represent the worst case of the Omega Man? He led a superficially functional life. He was employed, made a decent wage, and lived on his own. He worked in IT, a typical omega job role. He was a little noted, inoffensive person, typical omega social adaptation. He claimed in some of what he left behind to have had a girlfriend at some point in his life, but I suspect he made that up.
Sodini was agonized over his inability to get a relationship. He read some books and took some classes from a man who teaches relationship skills, R. Don Steele. He also attempted self-help with some books and tapes by new age guru Louise Hay. He was unsuccessful and his growing anger and distress eventually led to mass murder and suicide.
Roissy said that “Game can save lives”-
Many disagreed. Could Sodini have benefited from game? Can all men benefit from game or only some? What subset?
I say for Sodini no, his psychological problems were too great. I read many years ago that when selecting a puppy, one should avoid the runt of the litter. While the littlest one might be cute, he will likely have psychological problems from being pushed around by his larger littermates.
If something this simple is obvious for dogs, why can’t people acknowledge it’s true for humans? Sodini had a great deal of anger toward his mother and his older brother.
Strangely, this topic was addressed for him. Many videos of Sodini are still available on YouTube. Here is one where he is seen at an R. Don Steele seminar, and Steele addresses the subject of a man’s relationship with his mother-
Steele points out that if you have been hurt by your mother, you must remember that the woman you are interested in is not your mother. That’s probably a key step in dealing with a problem like this, but Sodini seems not to made it.
Sodini did realize he had a problem. He talks in another video about studying Louise Hay-
Here is the root of the problem. Sodini had problems of the degree that eventually led to the deaths of several people. That is an undeniable public health problem. His source of help for this was a new age pop psychology book. I’m sure many people will swear that Louise Hay changed their lives and is the greatest thing ever. I don’t think any of them are middle-aged men gripped by homicidal rage.
Sodini makes one key comment in this whole thing- he is looking to psychologically connect with people. I don’t think he ever understood why he couldn’t do that, but I think I do. I think he felt threatened- socially, psychologically, and possibly physically- by almost everyone. You can’t connect psychologically with people you feel threatened by!
There is a huge mental health/personal growth/self-development and success industry in America, that profits by blowing sunshine up the asses of the dissatisfied. In the future I’ll go more into how this specifically applies to the omega man.