Machiavellian People: The End Justifies The Means

Machiavellian people: the end justifies the means

For Machiavellian people, the best way to relate to their fellow men is by flattering them and telling them what they want to hear. This profile hides a deep emotional detachment combined with a cynical attitude and a charismatic character, which makes them great masters of manipulation and scam. Ultimately, they define themselves as risky emotional companions.

Anyone who has read “Il Principe” by Niccolò Machiavelli will know perfectly these and many other characteristics that outline, one by one, the tendencies of the people who take their name from the genius of the great philosopher and politician of the sixteenth century. Let us recall, for example, what Machiavelli himself said about those who occupied a position of power: regardless of virtues such as honesty when deception or betrayal allow us to reach the proposed end.

Well, Machiavellian people don’t need to read Machiavelli to know (according to them) that the end justifies any means. In fact, you don’t even need to be in politics to make use of these strategies. Machiavellianism is a rather common trait that in many cases matches what in clinical psychology is defined as “the dark triad”, that is the combination of psychopathy, narcissism and Machiavellianism in a dangerous and disturbing nature.

Despite this, it is good to point out that in the world we live in it is easier to see these dimensions separately, Machiavellianism in the first place. Read on to learn more.

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Are Machiavellian people born or made?

It can happen to everyone, at certain moments in life, to deceive and manipulate, to a greater or lesser extent someone, to achieve a purpose. However, these behaviors often occur individually, on single occasions, and can even be dictated by a need for survival or protection or by good faith. For example, ”  I’ll make her believe this so she’ll leave me alone and stop bothering me, I’ll tell her like this to let her know I’m not interested in her .”

Machiavellian people, for their part, believe that they can use people for their purposes on a daily, natural basis. Indeed, very often they believe that those who do not do not deserve consideration as they are “not very cunning” people. As explained by psychologists Richard Christie and Florence Geis, creators of the “Mach IV. High Machs ”to measure Machiavellianism, this profile believes that “ a new fool is born every minute and you have to take advantage of him ”.

Well, if in politics there is no shortage of those who specialize in the use of calculated and skillful strategies to obtain and maintain power, in everyday life there are no less people who use others as tools, in a completely natural way. Does it by any chance mean that it is a genetic trait, that Machiavellians are born?

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Experts argue that although in some isolated and rare cases there is a predisposition to psychopathy, Machiavellianism, by itself, is formed largely as the result of a deficient childhood or an upbringing in which the behavioral patterns are imitated. one of the parents.

What are the Machiavellian people like?

Everyone, more or less, has happened to work with the typical leader, director or team leader accustomed to getting what he wants, to exploiting others for his own personal benefit. This behavior can also appear in the couple dynamic or even in the case of children who abuse, threaten and mistreat classmates.

The Machiavellian mentality exists, proliferates and marks the people who suffer from it; for this reason it is important to recognize its characteristics:

  • People able to recognize the weaknesses of others.
  • People skilled in planning, in devising sophisticated strategies to manipulate others, to say the right word at the right time and thus obtain the proximity of their victim.
  • Ambitious people who control their impulses to always get the best result. They prefer big long-term gains and know how to be patient if the goal is profitable.
  • Charismatic people, often charming and who flaunt humility.
  • Machiavellian people are useful in competitive work contexts to debate, negotiate and so on. However, on a personal level it is difficult for them to be able to maintain solid and lasting relationships.

How is Machiavellianism treated?

The major problem related to these characteristics is that normally, the Machiavellian person does not see any problem in his way of being. He considers his attitude highly functional and helpful in achieving his goals, and that’s the only thing that matters. Their life is geared towards utilitarianism and materialism, and putting emotions on the back burner prevents them from understanding the impact their actions generate on others.

In the rare cases in which the Machiavellian person undergoes a psychological session, therefore, he does so because he is pushed by family members or by order of a judge. It should in fact be taken into account that this type of profile is commonly associated with scammers.

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In general, the most recommended strategy in these cases is the cognitive-behavioral one. With this it will be possible (in some cases) that the person takes note of his own attitude, identifying the deviant thoughts and feelings, transforming them and giving life to a more integral and respectful conduct.

To conclude, however, it should be pointed out that to treat Machiavellian people it is necessary to resort to expert professionals. Only in this way will they be able to understand and curb their clever tricks of deception, suggestion and manipulation.

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