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Dark Psychology, Dark Triad, Definitions, Machiavellianism

What is Machiavellianism?

Machiavellianism is “the employment of cunning and duplicity in statecraft or in general conduct”.[1] The word comes from the Italian Renaissancediplomat and writer Niccolò Machiavelli, born in 1469, who wrote Il Principe (The Prince), among other works.

In modern psychology, Machiavellianism is one of the dark triad personalities, characterized by a duplicitous interpersonal style, a cynical disregard for morality, and a focus on self-interest and personal gain.[2]”

Machiavellianism – Wikipedia

Machiavellianism is also a term that some social, forensic and personality psychologists use to describe a person’s tendency to be unemotional, and therefore able to detach themself from conventional morality and hence to deceive and manipulate others. In the 1960s, Richard Christie and Florence L.


Dark Psychology, Dark Triad, Definitions, Machiavellianism, Narcissism, Psychopathy

What is Dark Triad?

“The dark triad is a subject in psychology that focuses on three personality traits: narcissism, Machiavellianism, and psychopathy.  Use of the term “dark” implies that people possessing these traits have malevolent qualities.

Dark triad – Wikipedia

Research on the dark triad is used in applied psychology, especially within the fields of law enforcement, clinical psychology, and business management. People scoring high on these traits are more likely to commit crimes, cause social distress and create severe problems for an organization, especially if they are in leadership positions (for more information, see psychopathy, narcissism, and Machiavellianism in the workplace).