How Machiavellian Are You?

By Lizziemackie

In my communications lecture today, we got this silly little quiz to find out how Machiavellian we are.
It was quite interesting and I though I would share it with you all.
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For each question, choose the number that best fits you. At the end add up your total and see how Machiavellian you are.
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How Machiavellian Are You?

1) The best way to handle people is to tell them what they want to hear.
Disagree a lot = 1
Disagree a little = 2
Neutral = 3
Agree a bit = 4
Agree a lot = 5

2) When you ask someone to do something for you, it is best to give the real reason rather than giving reasons that might carry more weight.
Agree a lot = 1
Agree a bit = 2
Neutral = 3
Disagree a little = 4
Disagree a lot = 5

3) Anyone who completely trusts anyone else is asking for trouble.
Disagree a lot = 1
Disagree a little = 2
Neutral = 3
Agree a bit = 4
Agree a lot = 5

4) It is hard to get ahead without cutting corners here and there.
Disagree a lot = 1
Disagree a little = 2
Neutral = 3
Agree a bit = 4
Agree a lot = 5

5) It is safest to assume that all people have a vicious streak and it will come out when they are given a chance.
Disagree a lot = 1
Disagree a little = 2
Neutral = 3
Agree a bit = 4
Agree a lot = 5

6) One should take action only when sure it is morally right.
Agree a lot = 1
Agree a bit = 2
Neutral = 3
Disagree a little = 4
Disagree a lot = 5

7) Most people are basically good and kind.
Agree a lot = 1
Agree a bit = 2
Neutral = 3
Disagree a little = 4
Disagree a lot = 5

8) There is no excuse for lying to someone.
Agree a lot = 1
Agree a bit = 2
Neutral = 3
Disagree a little = 4
Disagree a lot = 5

9) Most people forget more easily the death of their parents than the loss of their property.
Disagree a lot = 1
Disagree a little = 2
Neutral = 3
Agree a bit = 4
Agree a lot = 5

10) Generally speaking, people wont work hard unless they're forced to.
Disagree a lot = 1
Disagree a little = 2
Neutral = 3
Agree a bit = 4
Agree a lot = 5
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Add all ten scores.

About your "Mach" Score:
Your "Mach" score is a measure of the degree to which you believe that people in general can be manipulated -- not necessarily that you would or do.

35 - 50 High Mach
10 - 15 Low Mach
Most are in the middle range.

Low Machs - More easily persuaded
High Machs - More resistant to persuasion

Low Machs - More Empathic
High Machs - More Logical

Low Machs - Interpersonally oriented
High Machs - Assertive and Controlling

High Mach scores tend to correlate with high self-monitors - these people try to manipulate others to get their own way. The difference is that high self-monitors change their behavior to get their own way; high Machs try to change the behavior of others to get their own way.

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Created: May 06, 2010

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