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Self-Assessment 9.3: Machiavellianism Scale
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Activity 9.3: Machiavellianism Scale

The source of this scale is: R. Christie and F.L. Geis, Studies in Machiavellianism. © Academic Press, 1970.

The statements in this self-assessment describe represent beliefs some people agree with and others disagree with. Read each statement and indicate the extent to which you personally agree or disagree with the statement. Answer each item as truthfully as possible so that you get an accurate estimate of your score on this scale.

Never tell anyone the real reason you did something unless it is useful to do so.
The best way to handle people is to tell them what they want to hear.
One should take action only when sure it is morally right.
Most people are basically good and kind.
It is safest to assume that all people have a vicious streak and it will come out when they are given a chance.
Honesty is the best policy in all cases.
There is no excuse for lying to someone else.
Generally speaking, people won't work hard unless they're forced to do so.
All in all, it is better to be humble and honest than important and dishonest.
When you ask someone to do something for you, it is best to give the real reason for wanting it rather than giving reasons that might carry more weight.
Most people who get ahead in the world lead clean, moral lives.
Anyone who completely trusts anyone else is asking for trouble.
The biggest difference between most criminals and other people is that criminals are stupid enough to get caught.
Most people are brave.
It is wise to flatter important people.
It is possible to be good in all respects.
The saying that there's a sucker born every minute mistakenly underestimates people.
It is hard to get ahead without cutting corners here and there.
People suffering from incurable diseases should have the choice of being put painlessly to death.
People more easily forget the death of their father or mother than the loss of their property.

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