Value aspects of machiavellism

- Stepura, E.V. (orcid.org/0000-0002-7214-0788) (2016) Value aspects of machiavellism American Journal of Fundamental, Applied & Experimental Research, 3 (3). pp. 99-104. ISSN 2474-9397

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Abstract

The paper deals with the value subtext of personality’s machiavellism. Modern investigations in this sphere are analyzed. Insufficiency of the research in this field is emphasized, because there are certain contradictions between the results of this investigation and the basic idea of this construct. Machiavellism manifests itself as a certain subtext of value and sense, concerning man’s decisions, and it includes: movement towards the goal despite possible obstacles, losses in the sphere of interpersonal relations or necessity to stop treating people or society as a certain undoubted value. Naturally, in their extreme manifestation machiavellic strategies are in general inadequate as factors of human decisions, but, surely, in some situations adequacy of decisions is dependent on the inclination toward machiavellism. Our investigation demonstrates the domination of individuals who incline toward soft, flexible machiavellism. Possibly we deal here with the consequences of adaptation to the society which is not totally humanistic. So, people tend to be suspicious and cynic, they want to outplay an opponent, and all this, naturally, leads to the raise of machiavellism level. Distinct correlative connections between machiavellism and personality’s values have been established, and it supplies us with a new viewpoint of this construct. Our investigation demonstrates positive connection of machiavellism with the value of honesty, and this observation does not contradict other investigations. We also show positive connection of machiavellism with the value of helpfulness and loving. We have discovered negative connections of machiavellism with the value of comfortable (prosperous) life, which is not a typical phenomenon for the preconventional morality level, while machiavellism is associated with this level of morality. This also contradicts to a certain extent theoretical ideas about machiavellism. We have also found negative connection of machiavellism with the values of pleasure (enjoyable leisurely life), ambition and independence.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Machiavellism, values of personality, the value of helpfulness, the value of loving, the value of comfortable (prosperous) life, postconventional morality level.
Subjects: Science and knowledge. Organization. Computer science. Information. Documentation. Librarianship. Institutions. Publications > 00 Prolegomena. Fundamentals of knowledge and culture. Propaedeutics > 001 Science and knowledge in general. Organization of intellectual work > 001.1 Concepts of science and knowledge
Science and knowledge. Organization. Computer science. Information. Documentation. Librarianship. Institutions. Publications > 1 Philosophy. Psychology
Divisions: Institute of Psychology after N.Kostiuk > Department of methodology and theory of psychology
Depositing User: м.н.с. О.В Котух
Date Deposited: 05 Dec 2017 18:50
Last Modified: 08 Aug 2018 11:52
URI: http://lib.iitta.gov.ua/id/eprint/709000

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