Individuals with Machiavellian personality traits, people who have little emotional investment in their relationships, the tendency to exploit their partners, and often engage in deception and infidelity, are not only likely to take advantage of their partners, but also approach breakups in a cruel manner.
New research shows that women with Machiavellian personality traits are likely to initiate breakups using the following tactics:
- avoiding their partner and becoming more distant
- acting in ways that make the relationship more costly to their partner (i.e., purposely being difficult)
- breaking up via text message, email, voice message
Essentially, women with Machiavellian personality traits don’t take a proactive and considerate approach when trying to breakup.
You can take an online Machiavellian personality test here.
Source: Brewer, G., & Abell, L. (2017). Machiavellianism and romantic relationship dissolution. Personality and Individual Differences, 106, 226-230.