The Greater The Player, The Harder The Game.

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Basically, a person who has some degree of Machiavellianism is a player.

If someone shows high levels of the character trait called Machiavellianism they are going to struggle a lot with intimacy and be really emotionally manipulative. If they have only a few of these traits they’ll likely have some intimacy issues but they won’t be completely detached and unemotional.

Machiavellianism and Interpersonal Relationships (section 1.2)

Super players place very little importance on having close, intimate, relationships. This begs the question: why do they date at all?

If they are super players, let them go because it is likely part of their nature and they won’t change- but if they are just flirts there is hope for them.

Positive intimacy is defined in the paper as: “the degree to which a person wants to share feelings, ideas, and experiences in their interpersonal relationship.” So, basically, flirts have a high level of positive intimacy and are more honest about their feelings than super players are.

People with high Machiavellianism are not loyal, they cheat, and then they lie about cheating.

Key Findings/ Conclusion

The paper quotes this as a key conclusion: “the hypothesis that the Mach-IV Scale score is negatively correlated with the ISA-R score is confirmed.”

Why Is This Important?

Sometimes we think of a person’s bad qualities as character traits that they exhibit sometimes, but we don’t recognize them as the person's true intention. We are a little blind when it comes to love.

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Endlessly curious about the human condition. Founder of Studio Upstart. Chief of Staff @ Untapped Ventures.

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