Machiavellians are not followers of Niccolo Machiavelli who worship him and his books. Nicollo di Bernardo dei Machiavelli (1469 – 1527) was an Italian historian, politician, diplomat, philosopher, humanist, and writer who is recognized as the founder of modern political science and political ethics. He’s the author of “The Prince” and “Discourses on Livy”, and some of political and historical works. In his book “The Prince”, he wrote, “A wise ruler ought never to keep faith when by doing so it would be against his interests,” and, “A prince never lacks good reasons to break his promise.” According to Machiavelli, Honesty and all other virtues are expendable if deceit, treachery, and force would be more expedient. This explains that people in positions of power, whether they choose to accept it, a Machiavellian. To put it simply, Machiavellians are manipulators.
In psychology, Machiavellianism is a personality that does not choose to be, but simply is, a master manipulator. One of the main traits of a Machiavellian are artful, crafty, although two-faced, cunning, scheming, tricky, deceitful, and dishonest if they need to. A Machiavellian is exactly like how Machiavelli described in his book “The Prince”. It’s incredible how Machiavellians became temperamentally predisposed to be deceptive and calculating to reach their goals by manipulating other people and how they keep themselves undetected. It’s not that I’m admiring these mind-controlling freaks but their precise planning which includes charm, friendliness, and remarkable self-disclosure being their escape route to cover their true intentions and provide a basis for their plausible denial if they are detected is something, even they, if they are unaware, should be amazed about. But seriously, it’s still not nice. Cult leaders are one of the best examples of Machiavellians.
A Machiavellian’s perspective is often, if they allow themselves to be used, they probably deserve it. An American showman and businessman Phineas Taylor Barnum expressed this mindset: “There’s a sucker born every minute.” Machiavellians make this manipulation a habit because this keeps them up from most people and it gives them satisfaction. Personal attachments and relationship is disregarded when these Manipulators started to do what they do best. Although their intentions are often good, the fact that the method is manipulation to attain a specific goal is still a bad move. And no matter how much you hate it, mind manipulation is a routine for Machiavellians. To avoid being manipulated, you need to observe these 5 characteristics:
- They prefer to use subtle tactics to cover their true intentions. This includes words that seem normal for others but gives you ideas to give-in. Like their delicate and precise actions, they carefully choose the words they would say that will give an impact to you.
- They can use pressure and threats if necessary. Given that they are con artists and masters of self-disclosure, it’s is easy for them your weakness. They can even use your affection to pressure and manipulate you and get what they want. A pressured mind is a confused mind; the more you’re confused, the higher chance your belief is weak.
- People prefer them to be in competitive situations than preferring them as their friends.
- They are the best in social situations because they know the capacity of everyone.
- They can manipulate their emotions and reactions to avoid unnecessary actions that will set them apart from their goal. They are careful in choosing what expression to be used in a situation to deceive their target. Patient opportunists.