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

Cam, Class, and Color

By Sam Louie MA, LMHC on February 01, 2016 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 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.

Buffalo Trump

By Kirby Farrell Ph.D. on January 23, 2016 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—Backed by Science

By Emma M. Seppälä Ph.D. on January 18, 2016 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 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

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

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?

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 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.

Kindness Wins, Really

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

5 Reasons Not to Fear Public Speaking

By Victor Lipman on October 02, 2015 Mind of the Manager
Great speakers are made, not born (as are plain old good ones). Consider the examples of this famous five. All overcame significant public speaking confidence problems — and so can you.

6 Ways to Tell if You’re Dating a Narcissist

While narcissists can be attractive, entertaining, sharp, and funny to watch from a distance, you don’t want to date or marry one. If you are already entangled with one, you may be reeling with confusion, self-doubt, and damaged self-esteem. Unfortunately, the chances of hooking up with a narcissist at some time in your dating or relationship life are pretty strong.

What Is the Most Overlooked Symptom of Narcissism?

Are you aware of the one habit that can prove most vexing if there's a narcissist you often deal with in your life? Recognition of this habit also can help you be sure not to vote for political candidates whose narcissism makes them poor decision-makers.

5 Types of Extreme Narcissists (and How to Deal With Them)

By Joseph Burgo Ph.D. on September 22, 2015 Shame
The word "narcissist" has become trivialized, it's become more or less synonymous with vanity or conceit. In connection with the release of his new book — The Narcissist You Know: Defending Yourself Against Extreme Narcissists in an All-About-Me Age — Clinical Psychologist Joseph Burgo describes five of the more serious types of narcissist and how to cope with them.

Understanding Primates – and Donald Trump

By Mark van Vugt Ph.D. on September 21, 2015 Naturally Selected
By scientific criteria, Donald Trump is not a natural leader. How can we then explain his popularity among certain groups of American voters?

Top 10 Lessons From Donald Trump's Body Language

Presidential hopeful, Donald Trump, is certainly a unique individual, with his own personal style (love it or hate it). Here is an analysis of the nonverbal cues that Trump commonly uses, and the possible effects they may have on others.

Trumping Trump and Winning the (Upper) Hand

By Mark Goulston M.D., F.A.P.A. on September 13, 2015 Just Listen
This is what Trump's expression would be if faced by poise under pressure. Lucky for him, nobody he deals with has any.

Gaining Charisma (Part II)

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on September 08, 2015 How To Do Life
Your competence will have more influence if displayed with charisma. Here’s how

The Ego Diet

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on September 07, 2015 Ambigamy
Appetite for praise is a lot like appetite for fatty foods. Both are hazardous to your health and both can be curbed with the right effort.

Just How Narcissistic Are US Presidents? Does Ego Rule?

42 U.S. presidents up to and including George W. Bush were assessed as being greater Presidents if they scored higher on narcissism....This investigation... found higher narcissism in personality was also positively associated with better public persuasiveness, improved crisis management, superior agenda setting, winning more of the popular vote...

Steve Jobs - The Visionary in the Man (in the Machine)

By Mark Goulston M.D., F.A.P.A. on September 02, 2015 Just Listen
It seems we can't let go of Steve Jobs until we figure our the secret to his genius, so that we can all think like one. Use this 4 step formula to come darn close.

The Lure of ISIS

By Saul Levine M.D. on September 01, 2015 Our Emotional Footprint
Thousands of youth from multiple countries, cultures, religions, and social classes have abruptly left their homes and families to join ISIS, a dangerous, destructive, messianic Islamic self-styled nation (caliphate). They abandon their past values and relationships. become zealous True Believers, committed to their charismatic leaders and their God, dedicated to victory

Bargain Better in Life Using Hostage Negotiation Psychology

The idea was to get the message home; the situation was hopeless for the hostage taker. Demonstration of overwhelming firepower convinces that giving oneself up is the only option. It seems to make logical sense.If this had worked without substantial loss of life, then we might still be using it today. The Contending Model, because it was so lethal, went out of fashion...

'Don't Hate Me Because I'm Beautiful' - When Beauty Is Bad

...attractive women are discriminated against in job interviews, because they are pretty. This is part of a wider phenomenon by which women appear to attract stereotyping about their personality and job skills, according to their looks.

Attraction & Infidelity: Can 'Eye Candy' Always Be Resisted?

When the Ashley Madison website, apparently promoting infidelity, was hacked revealing just how many people appear involved in relationship betrayal, the media appeared scandalised at the prevalence of infidelity - or at least the appetite for it. However psychologists have recently posed the opposite question - why is there in fact not more infidelity?

Does Psychology Reveal Why Women Stay With Abusive Men?

Every minute, one case of domestic violence is reported to the police in the United Kingdom. This often hidden crime is frequently 'normalised' or made light of, by perpetrators.

Which Five Powerful Self-Beliefs Motivate Donald Trump?

By Bobby Hoffman Ph.D. on August 24, 2015 Motivate!
Research indicates most people are unable to articulate their own motives. Accurate detection of motivation is even more challenging when assessing others. Do you really know what motivates billionaire Donald Trump?