In our study we used a specific card-game that implies the wish to successfully deceit the others, and to detect the other players' cheating. The participants were classified as low, middle, and high Machiavellians on the Mach IV scale. Over a game, three players belonging to each category played each other. Out findings show that individuals with high Mach scores were more likely to detect their partners' false statements (bluffs) than those with lower scores, whereas they were more skilled at concealing their own emotions. These differences were probably not due to a "rational" strategy but rather to a specific cognitive skill: they can easily recognize the expressions of their partners' emotions in a manipulative situation that implies a possible cheating. This finding may modify the notion on the Machiavellians' relatively weak emotional intelligence that was suggested by the former-paper-and-pencil studies. In the light of the regression analyses, Mach scores correlate with the relative frequency of detection of bluffs ("S index") that, in turn, has an impact on the amount of money the players gain by the end of the game.
|Translated title of the contribution||The Machiavellians' emotional intelligence in social interaction|
|Number of pages||13|
|Journal||Magyar Pszichologiai Szemle|
|Publication status||Published - Mar 2015|
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