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GreunLight t1_irf15pb wrote

From the article:

> “Machiavellianism is characterized by deception and manipulation at others’ expense as well as skepticism and distrust of humankind,” Blötner explained. “Bullshitting can be understood a form of deception, making it a valuable topic for my studies on Machiavellianism.”

> The study included 525 participants, who ranged in age from 18 to 66. The researchers were particularly interested how bullshitting was related to two different facets of Machiavellianism. Machiavellian approach refers to the tendency to engage in deceit in order to gain resources (“I tend to manipulate others to get my way”), while Machiavellian avoidance refers to the tendency to take a skeptical view of humanity (“Anyone who completely trusts anyone else is asking for trouble”).

> The researchers found that Machiavellian approach was positively associated with persuasive bullshitting. In other words, those higher in Machiavellian approach were more likely to agree with statements such as “In my daily life, I embellish, exaggerate, or otherwise stretch the truth just a little when I want to impress the person or people I’m talking to.” Machiavellian avoidance, on the other hand, was positively associated with evasive bullshitting, or stretching the truth to avoid trouble and prevent individual disadvantages.

> Those high in Machiavellian avoidance (but not Machiavellian approach) were also better at differentiating meaningful statements from pseudo-profound bullshit. That is, they were less likely to view nonsensical statements such as “Hidden meaning transforms unparalleled abstract beauty” as profound.

> “To me, it was really intriguing to see that different contents of our model of Machiavellianism were predictive of producing different sorts of misinformation,” Blötner said. “Likewise, only few studies have examined whether there are different links with falling for others’ misinformation within the construct of Machiavellianism.”


AdolescenceOfP1 t1_irgy82h wrote

The title of this article IMO is the strongest evidence yet that is simply not qualified to be entered into r/science.


Trancetastic16 t1_irlsivb wrote

Sadly this hasn’t even been the first Psypost article shared here with “bullsh*tting” in the title as a term.


Festortheinvestor t1_irh6dp1 wrote

Machiavellianism is simply to do anything it takes to achieve power. Being ruthless in todays language.

In a ruthless world we live


Unique_Engineering_3 t1_irhczvq wrote

That’s not actually representational of Machiavelli’s work. It was more akin to an an early social psychology primer.


hereforthetalents t1_irhj660 wrote

I think these post regarding psychology should be in a psychology subreddit rather than science one..feels like most ppl don't have the tools to have logical arguments for and against the posts made here.


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nunsigoi t1_irl8lwr wrote

Humu sociopaths lie. Got it


halftrue_split_in2 t1_irhlraz wrote

Did you know that the grass is greener on the other side?


whateversnevermind t1_irhv68c wrote

link to the MACH IV Test i got 93 out of 100, unintentionally - i truly answered the question

only 20 questions: give it a shot… what’s your score?

MACH IV Personality Test