MACHIAVELLIAN HYPOTHESIS By N., Sam M.S. - 9 a hypothesis which explains the development of intelligence was a result (primarily) of the desire for power. First proposed by Niccolo Machiavelli. MACHIAVELLIAN HYPOTHESIS: "Niccolo Machiavelli proposed the Machiavellian hypothesis of intelligence which implied that intelligence was a result for a desire for power." Related Psychology Terms Hitler and Conformity Piaget’s Theory of Cognitive Development Intelligence Across the African-American and Latino Cultures ADOLESCENCE (Theories) APRAXIA (literally, “inability to act or do”) CHILD PSYCHOLOGY SCHOLASTIC APTITUDE TESTS OBJECT RELATIONSHIP JUNG, CARL GUSTAV (1875-1961) CHILD PSYCHIATRY Cite this page: N., Sam M.S., "MACHIAVELLIAN HYPOTHESIS," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 7, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/machiavellian-hypothesis/ (accessed October 4, 2022).