Astuteness, trust, and social intelligence

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The strategic thinking people use to achieve personal gains has been
studied in psychology as Machivellianism, however, Machiavellianism
is a problematic construct due to the negative moral implications
and its association with psychopathology. The article introduces
the concept of astuteness as an alternative notion to study the everyday
tactical behavior of ordinary people in their natural environments:
Astuteness is understood as a functional state of social intelligence
opposed and related to trust at the same time. The article claims
that astuteness should be seen as an evolutionary development and
also as a cultural issue promoted in some societies. Given the particularities
of modern life, e.g. the rising of individualism, it is suggested
that while trust is declining, astuteness is increasing but then
eroding social solidarity. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA,
all rights reserved) (from the journal abstract)

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  • Carlos José Parales-Quenza

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