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Machiavellianism Scale

Personality psychologists categorize dark personality traits into four groups. Machiavellianism is one of them.

Mark Travers, Ph.D.

By Mark Travers, Ph.D. | February 05, 2024

Machiavellianism, characterized by strategic, cunning and calculated manipulation, is one of the four personality traits within the Dark Tetrad framework.

Machiavellianism entails a cold and pragmatic approach to social interactions. Individuals exhibiting this trait tend to view others as tools to accomplish personal goals. They possess the drive to use any means necessary to gain power.

Research led by the influential personality psychologist Delroy Paulhus provides a convenient way to measure dark tetrad tendencies in the form of the Short Dark Tetrad (SD4) scale. The "crafty identity" dimension of the SD4 scale helps measure machiavellianism in both clinical and sub-clinical populations.

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References: Paulhus, D. L., Buckels, E. E., Trapnell, P. D., & Jones, D. N. (2021). Screening for dark personalities: The Short Dark Tetrad (SD4). European Journal of Psychological Assessment, 37(3), 208–222.

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