Machiavelli personality test

Are you a cutthroat or a pussycat? Find out, if you dare.


Richard Christie
September 13, 1999 5:00PM (UTC)

MACH-IV (Test of Machiavellianism)

To what extent do each of the following statements accurately describe you? Please indicate the degree to which you personally agree or disagree with each of the following statements by choosing a number from the scale below that reflects your opinion.

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1=strongly disagree, 2=disagree, 3=neutral, 4=agree, 5=strongly agree

1) Never tell anyone the real reason you did something unless it is useful to do so.
1 2 3 4 5

2) The best way to handle people is to tell them what they want to hear.
1 2 3 4 5

3) One should take action only when sure it is morally right.
1 2 3 4 5

4) Most people are basically good and kind.
1 2 3 4 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.
1 2 3 4 5

6) Honesty is the best policy in all cases.
1 2 3 4 5

7) There is no excuse for lying to someone else.
1 2 3 4 5

8) Generally speaking, people won't work hard unless they're forced to do so.
1 2 3 4 5

9) All in all, it is better to be humble and honest than to be important and dishonest.
1 2 3 4 5

10) When you ask someone to do something for you, it is best to give the real reasons for wanting it rather than giving reasons which carry more weight.
1 2 3 4 5

11) Most people who get ahead in the world lead clean, moral lives.
1 2 3 4 5

12) Anyone who completely trusts anyone else is asking for trouble.
1 2 3 4 5

13) The biggest difference between most criminals and other people is that the criminals are stupid enough to get caught.
1 2 3 4 5

14) Most people are brave.
1 2 3 4 5

15) It is wise to flatter important people.
1 2 3 4 5

16) It is possible to be good in all respects.
1 2 3 4 5

17) P.T. Barnum was wrong when he said that there's a sucker born every minute.
1 2 3 4 5

18) It is hard to get ahead without cutting corners here and there.
1 2 3 4 5

19) People suffering from incurable diseases should have the choice of being put painlessly to death.
1 2 3 4 5

20) Most people forget more easily the death of their parents than the loss of their property.
1 2 3 4 5

This survey itself measures only one thing -- whether you subscribe to the ideas of a 16th century Italian political philosopher. But experiments have shown that reactions to Machiavelli act as a kind of litmus test, delineating differences in temperament that can be confirmed with more traditional personality inventories. High Machs constitute a distinct type: charming, confident and glib, but also arrogant, calculating and cynical, prone to manipulate and exploit. (Think Rupert Murdoch, or if your politics permit it, President Clinton.)

True low Machs, however, can be kind of dependent, submissive and socially inept. So be sure to invite a high Mach or two to your next dinner party.

function getResults(forms){ var theForm = document.forms['mach']; var score = 0; for (i=0; i 60) { msg += "\"high Mach\", you endorse Machiavelli's opinions.\n\n"; } else if (score < 60) { msg += "\"low Mach\", you reject Machiavelli's opinions.\n\n"; } else { msg += "You are a \"average Mach.\"\n\n"; } msg += "Most people fall somewhere in the middle, but there's a significant minority at either extreme."; alert(msg); return false; }


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