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 you don't—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

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?

Trump Feels Your Anger and Anxiety

Emotional intelligence helps explain Trump's appeal!

Slick William

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on April 21, 2016 in How To Do Life
Manipulative characters lurk in our lives. Beware.

Why “Macho” Leadership Still Thrives

By Ray Williams on April 13, 2016 in Wired for Success
Global economic uncertainty and the spike in terrorism has created a resurgence of populist attraction to authoritarianism and “macho” leaders.

Ethical Rage

Is rage a feeling that should be removed from our ethical choices? Or is it an intrinsic part of our decisions without which our intentions would remain buried in our conscience?

How to Be More Likable

By Ryan Anderson on April 05, 2016 in The Mating Game
With a few of these tricks, you can become the person everyone wants to be friends with.

Why Do Funnier Comedians Die Sooner?

Those identified as funnier were more than three times more likely to die prematurely when compared to more serious comedy personalities.

The President Apologizes

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on March 23, 2016 in How To Do Life
What it takes to win...and whether it's worth it.

The Psychology Of Getting Anyone to Like You

How can you use knowledge to better connect with your kids, your colleagues, or in a job interview?

The Real Reason Donald Trump Is Running for President

By Guy Winch Ph.D. on March 01, 2016 in The Squeaky Wheel
There have been many articles written about why Donald Trump is running for president and most of them are wrong.

How Your Lie–Detector Chin Gives Away the Naked Truth

By Richard E. Cytowic M.D. on February 20, 2016 in The Fallible Mind
We surmise what lies behind facial expressions, decipher body language, and interpret tone apart from literal words. We read between the lines and hear what isn't said.

How to Fantasize: Sex, Religion, Politics

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on February 17, 2016 in Ambigamy
Blaming politicians for lying is like watching a few hours of porn and, while cleaning up after yourself, cursing the porn stars for pretending they’re in love.

The Colourful, Melodramatic Manager: Histrionic Disorder

By Adrian Furnham Ph.D. on February 12, 2016 in A Sideways View
Have you ever worked with or for a "drama queen"? Why is there doubt about the concept of Histrionic Personality Disorder?

A Woman President?

Are you caught up in the Hillary vs. Bernie debate? How much of it is a women's issue and how many isolated women's issues are there today?

Cam, Class, and Color

By Sam Louie MA, LMHC on February 01, 2016 in Minority Report
Have you wondered why Cam Newton is getting so much vitriol and attention as he will soon make his first Superbowl appearance? Well some believe it's because he's Black....

The Rise of Toxic Leadership and Toxic Workplaces

By Ray Williams on January 27, 2016 in Wired for Success
The truth of the matter is that we are hypocrites, and we are witnessing the rise of toxic leaders and workplaces. We tend to choose or follow a very different kind of leader.

Trump Is History

By Kirby Farrell Ph.D. on January 23, 2016 in A Swim in Denial
Do you feel conflicted about politics? Does political talk stress you out? The psychology of play can help.

6 Surefire Ways to Increase Your Charisma

By Emma M. Seppälä Ph.D. on January 18, 2016 in Feeling It
While research on charisma is still in development, one of the most extensive studies on charisma has found that charisma is not so much a gift as a learnable skill you can master.

Narcissism at Work: The Arrogant Executive

By Adrian Furnham Ph.D. on January 17, 2016 in A Sideways View
We place emphasis on the benefits of high self-esteem. But when does high self-esteem turn into subclinical narcissism?

The Significance and Psychological Appeal of David Bowie

David Bowie was a charismatic and talented star. What lessons can be learned from his life and work?

Why Ted Cruz’s Facial Expression Makes Me Uneasy

By Richard E. Cytowic M.D. on January 01, 2016 in The Fallible Mind
We learn to read faces from birth, and easily tell a natural smile from a forced one. The Senator’s expressions feel atypical, which leaves me feeling uneasy.

Lemon Puts the Squeeze on Trump - A Fantasy Interview

By Mark Goulston M.D., F.A.P.A. on December 19, 2015 in Just Listen
Donald Trump has mesmerized many frustrated, frightened and angry Americans. What is a way to break the spell he has them under? What if we they saw him through different eyes?
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Memorably Wise Speeches

What were some of the wisest political speeches in U.S. history and what made them wise?

The Fastest Way to Feel Confident About Your Hopes and Plans

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on December 04, 2015 in Ambigamy
Your greatest leverage toward self-confidence can be had by designing and practicing a self-affirming response to "Hey how's it going? What are you up to these days?"

Personality's 'Big One' and the Enigma of Narcissism

Narcissists can be charismatic yet also alienate others. Narcissism combines adaptive and maladaptive traits. This makes it difficult to reconcile narcissism with the theory that all personality traits express a single underlying dimension such as a general factor of personality.

This Could Be the Way to Get People to Appreciate You

Do you ever feel that people don’t appreciate what you do? Whether at work or in your personal life, you may feel that your efforts justify more recognition than you’re getting. Turn your resentment into positive results with this simple tip.
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Kindness Wins, Really

One of my favorite sayings is, “If you pull a blade of grass, the entire universe shakes.”