Cause we are living in a machiavellian world, and I am a machiavellian major: machiavellianism and academic major choice

Dritjon Gruda*, Jim McCleskey, Issa Khoury

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Abstract

Students from diverse academic majors differ in their personalities. However, the study of the association between Machiavellianism (i.e., desire for power, status, and social dominance) and educational choices (i.e., academic major choices) that lay a path toward occupations that allow for those outcomes has been largely ignored. Using a large multinational sample of 35,025 participants across 50 majors, we found overall support for a significant association between Machiavellianism and academic major choice. We break down the results by sex and provide a cross-country comparison.
Original languageEnglish
Article number112096
Number of pages5
JournalPersonality and Individual Differences
Volume205
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2023

Keywords

  • Academic major
  • College
  • Education
  • Machiavellianism
  • Personality

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