Narcissism is a widely discussed topic in the world of personal development, but this personality type has been handed a much wider remit than it probably deserves.
There are various traits that are often, wrongly, attributed to narcissism and which should, in fact, be recognized as being a part of the Machiavellian personality type.
This website has been guilty of doing just that – as have many others – because it is not uncommon for a person to exhibit characteristics of both a narcissist and a Machiavellian.
But that’s not to say that every narcissist is a Machiavellian or vice versa. Knowing the difference will allow you to identify which one you are dealing with.
First of all, let’s look at the traits that actually are associated with narcissists.