MACHIAVELLIAN HYPOTHESIS By Nugent, Pam M.S. - April 7, 2013 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 BUNDLE HYPOTHESIS PRIMARY ABILITIES POWER POWER FUNCTION RELIGIOUS INSTINCT HYPOTHESIS NONCENTRALITY PARAMETER REPRESENTATIVENESS HEURISTIC FACIAL FEEDBACK HYPOTHESIS BIRTH ORDER PHYSICAL SYMBOL SYSTEM HYPOTHESIS Cite this page: Nugent, Pam M.S., "MACHIAVELLIAN HYPOTHESIS," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 7, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/machiavellian-hypothesis/ (accessed June 27, 2017).