Machiavellian adj : of or relating to Machiavelli or the principles of conduct he recommended; "Machiavellian thinking"
EtymologyFrom the name of the Italian statesman and writer Niccolò Machiavelli (1469-1527), whose work The Prince (1532) advises that acquiring and exercising power may require unethical methods.
- This article is about the psychology term. For the political philosophy, see Niccolò Machiavelli.
High MachsHigh Machs tend to take a more detached, calculating approach in their interaction with other people. In terms of Big Five personality traits, Machiavellians tend to be low on agreeableness and high in conscientiousness.
Scholars and researchers have attempted to find a correlation between Machiavellianism and narcissistic personality disorder and psychopathy. It could be less view as Machiavelli did, and simply believe that while right and wrong have reality (at least to most people), that it is impractical to be ethical all the time, and that perhaps there is a difference between outright deception or exploitation, and subtle spins on the take consequences very seriously, and when dedicated to a course of action which may backfire, it is usually because the potential consequences have been weighed quite carefully and the High Mach is prepared to be responsible if blame cannot be deflected sufficiently.
Low MachsLow Machs tend to take a more personal, empathic approach in their interaction with other people. They tend to be more trusting of others and more honest. They believe humans are essentially good natured. At the extreme, low Machs tend to be passive, submissive, highly agreeable, dependent and socially inept; in contrast with those who are more Machiavellian, they also tend to believe that everyone has a good and bad side.
- Paulhus Personality Lab - Dark Triad Abstracts is a collection of research and presentations about the Dark Triad of Machiavellianism, narcissism, and psychopathy.
- Salon Books Machiavelli Personality Test is an interactive version of the MACH-IV test of Machiavellianism.
- Barbara Oakley's Evil Genes page Oakley has written a book Evil Genes, which is mostly about Machiavellianism
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