Personality correlates of Machiavellianism: I. Consensual validation

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Nicholas F. Skinner
John Giokas
Henry Hornstein
Cite this article:  Skinner, N., Giokas, J., & Hornstein, H. (1976). Personality correlates of Machiavellianism: I. Consensual validation. Social Behavior and Personality: An international journal, 4(2), 273-276.


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Compared to control group data obtained under standard instructions, participants asked to fake their replies to the Howarth Personality Questionnaire in the way they felt a Machiavellian (i.e., socially manipulative) individual would honestly respond scored significantly higher on ascendance-dominance, trust vs. suspicion, and impulsiveness, and significantly lower on superego, inferiority, and cooperativeness-considerateness. Preliminary analysis suggests that these traits are congruent with the personality characteristics of authentic high Machs.
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