What do Game of Thrones, House of Cards, and William Shakespeare have in common? They can all be credited with introducing the world to some truly wonderful Machiavellian characters.
These scheming, power-hungry, self-interested types are often employed by writers to pull the strings of major plotlines either in prominent roles or behind the scenes. Their calculating behavior can make for great viewing, but you’d probably want to avoid them in real life where possible.
But have you ever wondered whether you might possibly exhibit certain Machiavellian traits? Are you ready to find out?
The following test (known as the MACH-IV test) consists of 20 questions and was first published in 1970 by social psychologists Richard Christie and Florence Geis in their book Studies in Machiavellianism. They reviewed Niccolò Machiavelli’s work and extracted 20 statements that they considered to be central to his themes. The following test asks you to consider how much you agree or disagree with these statements.
Make sure you read the statements carefully to properly understand their meanings, else you might get a less accurate result.
Scores can range from 20 (the least Machiavellian) to 100 (the most Machiavellian). Those scoring 60 or more are considered as ‘high Machs,’ while those scoring below 60 are considered as ‘low Machs.’
High Machs are more likely to deceive and manipulate others for their own personal gain. Low Machs are more likely to display honesty and altruism.
It is worth remembering that this is not a foolproof psychological assessment; a high score doesn’t necessarily mean that you adhere to the Machiavellian way of thinking and nor does a low score preclude you from some Machiavellian tendencies.
This test is for educational purposes only.
What did you score? Are you a high or low Mach? Leave a comment below to tell us what you got and how you feel about it.