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In cognitive science and evolutionary psychology, Machiavellian intelligence (political intelligence or social intelligence), is the capacity of an entity in successful political engagement with social groups. The term refers to Niccolò Machiavelli's The Prince (1513) and the hypothesis that the techniques which lead to certain kinds of political success within large social groups are also applicable within smaller groups, even within the family-unit. The term "everyday politics" was later introduced in reference to these various methods. These arguments are based on research by primatologists such as Nicholas Humphrey (1975).
Such behaviors include:
- making and breaking alliances
- making and breaking promises
- making and breaking rules
- lying and truth-telling
- blaming and forgiveness
- misleading and misdirection
See also Edit
- folk psychology
- game theory
- cooperation and deceit
- reciprocity theory
- iterated prisoner's dilemma
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