The article discusses the results of a study of the level of development of the propensity
to manipulate other people on the example of cadets of a departmental institution in order
to establish differences in the characteristics of their relationship to themselves. The
study was conducted on the basis of the Vologda Institute of Law and Economics of the
Federal Penal Service of Russia. It was attended by 65 cadets of the 2nd and 3rd courses
of the Faculty of Psychology. The methods used by V. V. Znakov “Questionnaire for
Machiavellianism” and the method of studying self-replication by S. R. Pantileev were used.
As a result of data analysis using mathematical statistics methods negative correlation
relationships were established between the tendency to manipulation and closeness,
self-management, the idea of the ability to arouse respect and sympathy in others,
self-worth and self-reliance of cadets. Differences in the level of closeness, perception
of other people’s attitudes towards themselves, self-attachment among students with
different propensities for manipulation and significant differences on the “internal conflict”
and “self-management” scales between students with low and medium propensity for
manipulative behavior were also established. The findings suggest that a high propensity
to manipulate is combined with self-doubt, low self-esteem, dissatisfaction with oneself,
and perception of oneself as not worthy of the respect and sympathy of others. The results
of the study emphasize the need to correct the propensity for manipulative behavior in
order to change a person’s attitude to himself and other people. The data obtained can be
used in the activities of practical psychologists.
Keywords: self-attitude; manipulation of communication; propensity to manipulate;
Machiavellianism; cadets of departmental institutions
Senior Lecturer of the Department of General Psychology of the
Vologda Institute of Law and Economics of the Federal Penal Service of Russia,
PhD. in Psychology
, e-mail Tatbasina25@yandex.ru
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