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 or don't have—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

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 Deadly Sins in Job Interviews

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.

Stimulating Neural Circuits With Magnetism

How is a new technology revolutionizing both basic and clinical neuroscience?

Do Narcissists Make Better Leaders?

Research shows narcissists are more likely to get promoted to leadership positions. But do they do a better job?

The Personality of Hillary Clinton

By Ryne A. Sherman Ph.D. on October 03, 2016 in The Situation Lab
Leadership emergence and effectiveness are direct results of a person's personality. What is Hillary Clinton's personality? What kind of leader would she be?

Will Trolls Inherit The Earth?

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on September 27, 2016 in Ambigamy
Trolls take cheap shots, any easy path to attack and self-defense. There's a troll epidemic now. Here's a possible historical explanation for their risky rise.

The Formula!

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on September 21, 2016 in Ambigamy
Here's the real secret, passed down through generations of tyrants and self-proclaimed infallible know-it-alls.

Donald Trump Removes Gag Order on Melania

By Mark Goulston M.D., F.A.P.A. on September 20, 2016 in Just Listen
Trump's sarcastic and inflammatory comments have no place when spoken to fearful, angry and therefore uptiight people, who are more likely to take them literally.

Adverse Features Contribute to Abuse in Polyamory

Isolation, charismatic leaders, and groupthink could facilitate abuse in polyamorous families.

Conquer Public Speaking Anxiety Via Emotional Intelligence

By Gleb Tsipursky Ph.D. on September 17, 2016 in Intentional Insights
A few tips will go a long way to addressing any anxiety around public speaking

Who Is a "Demagogue"?

By Saul Levine M.D. on September 10, 2016 in Our Emotional Footprint
In this dramatic presidential campaign, the term has often been referred to, especially in regard to Donald Trump's style and substance. Is this an accurate depiction?

Ready to Rumble: Why We Will Watch the Presidential Debates

By Wendy L. Patrick Ph.D. on September 03, 2016 in Why Bad Looks Good
The debate schedule is set and the candidates are prepared to hit the stage. Yet viewers will watch the action seeking both flash and substance--education and entertainment.
Carl Pickhardt Ph.D.

The Changing Reputation of Parents With Their Adolescent

It can be hard for parents to lose their positive reputation with the child to the more negative reputation with the adolescent.

If the Anchor Likes You So Do I: Likability Is Electability

Why do we have positive or negative impressions of political candidates? The answer might be because of the way they were treated by journalists, especially those whom we trust.

The Strange and Enduring Appeal of Charles Manson

By Scott A. Bonn Ph.D. on July 11, 2016 in Wicked Deeds
Charles Manson was convicted of seven counts of first-degree murder for a killing spree in 1969, but he did not actually murder the victims himself.

Cultivating Charisma Redux

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on June 30, 2016 in How To Do Life
Lessons from our most charismatic leaders
Ventral surface of brain from Sobotta's Human Anatomy 1908/wikimedia

Do Men and Women Lead Differently?

By Shane O'Mara D.Phil. on June 28, 2016 in The Interrogated Brain
Can you tell a male brain and a female brain apart just by looking? How about a male leader's brain from a female leader's brain?

The 3 Core Elements of Attraction

Different traits and features are attractive for different types of relationships. Find out how you are attractive—and to whom.

The Book of Rubenstein

By Eliezer Sobel on June 13, 2016 in The 99th Monkey
The “Church of Rubenstein,” often ridiculed in the media as a superstitious and dangerous cult, has at long last revealed the true story behind its creation myth.

On Hyper-Sanity

By Neel Burton M.D. on June 11, 2016 in Hide and Seek
Standing out is the price we pay for being outstanding.

What Mr. Trump’s Success Teaches Us About Authentic Branding

An authentic brand is a powerful differentiator and persuades target customers. But it is difficult to pull off.

Charisma and Vision

By Paul Thagard Ph.D. on May 20, 2016 in Hot Thought
Charisma and vision are important characteristics of leaders such as Justin Trudeau and Steve Jobs. Both are intensely emotional.

Rocking the Vote: Is Trump Psychology Flash Over Substance?

Does Donald Trump have star power or staying power? Is Trump psychology a case of flash over substance?

Trump Psychology: Why the Donald Might Just Get Your Vote

Regardless of political leanings, for many citizens, a combination of energy, passion, and transparency might persuade voters to have a second look at the Donald.

Celebrating the Ordinary - The Advantages of Being Dull

Are you predictable, reliable, safe or just plain dull? Maybe there’s benefit in being boring?