Personality correlates of Machiavellianism: III. A simulation procedure for identifying high Machs

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Nicholas F. Skinner
Cite this article:  Skinner, N. (1982). Personality correlates of Machiavellianism: III. A simulation procedure for identifying high Machs. Social Behavior and Personality: An international journal, 10(2), 197-200.


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The study demonstrated that the non-Machiavellian layman, given a detailed description of the high Mach, can consistently produce a valid representation of highly manipulative interpersonal behaviour under instructions to respond to the Mach V "as a Machiavellian would". Simulation is thus shown to be a viable alternative to the median-split and extensive-testing methods for obtaining subjects for investigations of Machiavellianism, for reasons of veridicality and economy, respectively.
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