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

Science Isn't Just Common Sense

By David P. Barash Ph.D. on January 08, 2018 in Pura Vida
It is widely assumed—by people sympathetic to science—that science necessarily corresponds to our experience and assumptions. Surprise! It's at its best when it doesn't.

5 Things Not To Do If You Want a Party Invitation

By Barbara Greenberg Ph.D. on December 30, 2017 in The Teen Doctor
How to avoid not getting invited to the party.

Three Ways to Build Romance in the Early Stages of Dating

By Wendy L. Patrick, Ph.D. on December 23, 2017 in Why Bad Looks Good
Relational bonding develops over time. Successful relationships are ones in which both partners move slowly both emotionally and physically.

Establishing an Organizational Culture Through the Net

By Yair Amichai-Hamburger Ph.D. on December 13, 2017 in The Social Net
How can you become a more effective leader in an global organization?

Dating Radar: 3 Ways to Spot Trouble Ahead

Are you dating again? Know someone who is? Here are three tips to avoid high-conflict partners.

The Space Between Mindfulness and Self-Confidence

By Linda Esposito LCSW on November 21, 2017 in From Anxiety to Zen
Think it's too late to build your self-worth? Think again. Research reveals the connection between confidence, competence and aging.

Charles Manson: The Cult of Personality Surrounding a Killer

Researchers propose that murderers can be idolized and found attractive precisely because of their homicidal behavior.

A Face in the Crowd: What Type of People Are Most Memorable?

By Wendy L. Patrick, Ph.D. on November 13, 2017 in Why Bad Looks Good
Ever wonder why certain people stand out in your mind? What is it about them that makes them so unforgettable? The answer likely has more to do with you than them.

5 Traits of Positive Narcissism and Their Downfalls

By Preston Ni M.S.B.A. on November 12, 2017 in Communication Success
Narcissism is toxic. Some aspects of narcissism might be positive in the short-term and in limited ways.
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Humanity Goes Viral

By Matthew J. Edlund M.D. on November 09, 2017 in The Power of Rest
Viruses and sociopaths have lots in common.

Why October Is the Busy Season for Bullying

It's no coincidence that National Bullying Prevention month falls at the time of year when kids have sized each other up and staked out their new place in the peer pecking order.

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!" (Spinal Cord Injury Group-1)

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 Absolute Best Topic of Conversation on a 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