Machiavellianism and dating: Deception and intimacy

Matthew R. Dussault1, Mahzad Hojjat1, R. Thomas Boone1
1Department of Psychology, University of Massachusetts - Dartmouth, United States
Cite this article:  Dussault, M. R., Hojjat, M., & Boone, R. T. (2013). Machiavellianism and dating: Deception and intimacy. Social Behavior and Personality: An international journal, 41(2), 283-294.

Volume 41 Issue 2 | e2846 | Published: March 2013 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2224/sbp.2013.41.2.283

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We explored the relationship between Machiavellian personality, mate attraction strategies, and intimacy. Participants filled out the Mach IV and self-report questionnaires about the use of deceptive tactics in attracting potential dating partners, level of intimacy, and previous dating history. Higher scores on Machiavellianism were associated with greater likelihood of using deceptive tactics and lower levels of relationship intimacy. However, for women the relationship between Machiavellianism and deceptive strategies was moderated by the history of intimate behaviors. Implications and future directions are discussed.

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