What Is Charisma?

Charisma is the ability to attract, charm, and influence the people around you. Charisma is often said to be a mysterious ineffable quality—you either have it or don't have it—but it's actually easy to break down many of the key factors that make someone charismatic. Such factors include, but are not limited to: confidence, exuberance, optimism, a ready smile, expressive body language, and a friendly, passionate voice.

Recent posts on Charisma

The Majority of People Are Not Introverts or Extroverts

By Caroline Beaton on October 06, 2017 in The Gen-Y Guide
Introverts and extroverts do exist, but they're exceptions and at a disadvantage.

15 Tips to Avoid Damaging Your Voice

By Preston Ni M.S.B.A. on September 29, 2017 in Communication Success
How to avoid damaging your speaking and singing voice.

Myths and Truths About Successful CEOs

By Ray Williams on September 19, 2017 in Wired for Success
Myths about what constitutes successful CEOs in America persist—reinforced by the media, corporate boards and some business experts.
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"Only Connect!"

By Elizabeth Young on September 15, 2017 in Adaptations
The magnetism of spinal cord injury survivors.

3 Ways Group Therapy is Better Than Individual Therapy

Group therapy is the best choice for social issues. Here's why.

The Narcissist Next Door

Do you have a narcissist in your life? What to watch out for.

Imperfection Makes Celebrities (and All of Us) More Likable

By Christopher Bergland on August 05, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
The attractiveness of imperfection is called the Pratfall Effect. Buddhists realized that imperfection is a beautiful thing eons ago. Justin Bieber recently had the same epiphany.

CEOsiopaths, the Fanatic Formula, and Why We’re in This Mess

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on July 21, 2017 in Ambigamy
Are we playing or replacing the game? In politics, that's a hard distinction to keep straight. The Fanatic Formula and CEOsiopathy help explain why.

The #1 Conversation Topic for a Great First Date

Research reveals that the number-one topic of conversation of a successful first date is the woman.

How "Only Having Eyes" for Your Date Creates Chemistry

Research indicates that when it comes to building chemistry, first-date partners are uniquely attracted to others they believe are uniquely attracted to them.

At Wimbledon, Grunts May Separate Winners from Losers

Two new studies reaffirm that speaking (or grunting) in a lower pitch voice can make you appear less submissive in daily life and help you perform better in sporting competitions.

The Best Way to Make New Friends

By David Ludden Ph.D. on June 05, 2017 in Talking Apes
A new Harvard study shows that people like us more when we let them do most of the talking.

Six Ways to Appeal to an Audience

By Sheila Kohler on May 17, 2017 in Dreaming for Freud
Here are six tips learned over long years of standing up in public to read and talk about my books and teaching, or simply amusing people at the dinner table.

Remember Anna Freud?

By Marty Babits on May 15, 2017 in The Middle Ground
Remember Anna Freud? A new exhibit brings her brilliance alive.

The 3 Top Secrets of Master Communicators

By Emma M. Seppälä Ph.D. on April 18, 2017 in Feeling It
In our quest to become powerful communicators, we forget about the powerful impact of shutting up and listening.

The Two Faces of Narcissism in Romantic Relationships

Narcissists are attractive in the short-run but in long-term, their grandiosity leads to problems. New research shows how narcissism’s two faces predict relationship quality.

The Psychology of Feminist Role Models in BBC's "The Fall"

By Jean Kim M.D. on March 30, 2017 in Culture Shrink
Detective Stella Gibson in the BBC-Netflix series "The Fall" helps illuminate the tough balancing act careerwomen face in earning credibility

True Believers and Donald Trump

A True Believer who has passionate faith in a fundamentalist credo or a charismatic leader, totally accepting the promises and predictions as absolute truth, is often disillusioned

Zombie Nerves

By Kirby Farrell Ph.D. on February 08, 2017 in A Swim in Denial
When reality feels overwhelming, popular fantasies can simplify and highlight important themes.

To Exude “Executive Potential” Act Like a Wolf

By Steven Berglas Ph.D. on February 08, 2017 in Executive Ego
Standards of appropriate "executive comportment" seemingly fly in the face of standards of "political correctness"—with good reason.

Why Do People Follow Tyrants?

By Jean Kim M.D. on February 02, 2017 in Culture Shrink
A look at why bad leaders still succeed in gaining followers.

Do Women Find Bald Men to Be More Attractive?

By Ryan Anderson on December 22, 2016 in The Mating Game
There is an ongoing debate about what exactly is conveyed by male baldness. Scientific research suggests there are some surprising advantages to being bald.

Snow Job

By Kirby Farrell Ph.D. on December 21, 2016 in A Swim in Denial
Most old holiday movies warm your heart and eat your brain. But "White Christmas" can make you wonder what we really want.

Fidel

By Laura Betzig Ph.D. on December 04, 2016 in The Political Animal
Fidel Castro has been laid to rest. His words, and his descendants, live on.

6 Job Interview Mistakes That Will Ruin Your Chances

Don't commit one of the deadly blunders that fell many inexperienced interviewees. Following this advice can help you land your dream job.

The Curse of Power

By Kirby Farrell Ph.D. on November 11, 2016 in A Swim in Denial
Why does victory bring such strange and disturbing reactions?

Why We Select Toxic Leaders

By David Rock on November 07, 2016 in Your Brain at Work
Humans evolved in social hierarchies, and as a result we have significant cognitive resources devoted to identifying and then empowering potential leaders.

Trump, Love, and the Presidency

By Ken Page L.C.S.W. on November 07, 2016 in Finding Love
As a psychotherapist specializing in the search for intimacy, I note the striking parallels between the ways we choose a life-mate and the way we choose our president.

A Great American Gender Bender? US Election 2016

By Dinesh Sharma Ph.D. on November 05, 2016 in Leaders in the Making
The widest gender gap in American elections, where majority of women may be voting for the Democratic ticket and majority men for the Republican ticket?

Illustrating Mental Health With Cartoons

By Robert T Muller Ph.D. on November 02, 2016 in Talking About Trauma
Cartoons allow audiences to grasp intricate aspects of psychological disorders.