Machiavellianism and Altruism: Effect of Relatedness of Target Person on Machiavellian and Helping Attitudes

  title={Machiavellianism and Altruism: Effect of Relatedness of Target Person on Machiavellian and Helping Attitudes},
  author={Nigel Barber},
  journal={Psychological Reports},
  pages={403 - 422}
  • N. Barber
  • Published 1 August 1994
  • Psychology
  • Psychological Reports
Four studies were conducted to investigate evolutionary predictions about the effect of relatedness of target persons on interpersonal attitudes. The first study (N = 65 students) showed that Machiavellianism was lower in relation to family members than to people in general. The second study (N = 86), in which a new Helping Attitudes questionnaire was used and validated, indicated that helpfulness was greater for family members than towards people in general or strangers. In the third study (N… 

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