Date of Award
Doctor of Education
Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology
Dr. Robert M. Oswald
Dr. Bill Carlson
Dr. Robert Brashear
This study explored the religious orientation, Jungian personality type, and stage of ego development of the Machiavellian personality. Eighty-six freshman students, from a 4-year college with an emphasis on business subjects, completed four questionnaires. These questionnaires were: (1) the Mach V (a measure of the Machiavellian personality), (2) the Religious Orientation Scale (a survey of religious orientation), (3) the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (an appraisal of Jungian personality type), and (4) the Sentence Completion Test (an assessment of ego development).
Subjects whose Mach V scores were in the top fourth of the population were called "High Machs" (and were referred to as displaying the Machiavellian personality), while subjects whose Mach V scores were in the bottom fourth of the population were called "Low Machs." The relationship between the Machiavellian personality and religious orientation was measured with a chi-square calculation, as was the relationship between the Machiavellian personality and ego development. The correlation of the Machiavellian personality with Jungian personality type was measured with $t$-test calculations.
The results of this study revealed that High Machs scored as thinking types on the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator significantly more often than did Low Machs. High Machs were not significantly more extraverted, intuitive, or perception oriented on the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator when compared to Low Machs. High Machs were not significantly more extrinsic on the Religious Orientation Scale when contrasted with Low Machs. And High Machs did not score on the Sentence Completion Test's four highest stages of ego development significantly more often than did Low Machs.
Elson, Jerome E., "Religious Orientation, Jungian Personality Type, and Stage of Ego Development of the Machiavellian Personality" (1989). Dissertations. 2120.