1. Charisma Development

    jake on 2005.07.10
    at 09:40 pm

    The other major link from Tom’s list is an article about research done on charisma. The research found that while charisma has innate qualities you can learn some of the traits that characterize it. I rather enjoyed the thee attributes they list.

    • they feel emotions themselves quite strongly;
    • they induce them in others;
    • and they are impervious to the influences of other charismatic people.

    Apparently if you have charisma you are immune to other charismatic people. I didn’t realize it was some sort of super power. ;)

    I found the article very interesting. But I found the comments a bit disconcerting. Reflecting redundancy and a general lack of understanding.

    Many of them talk about how the research is wrong and charisma cannot be learned. But the article says that not all of the abilities can be taught. It never stated there was going to be an “Idiots guide to… charisma” next year.

    Another weird group of comments was how charisma is a bad trait to possess. It is associated with arrogance and bullsh*tting. This is also a false generalization. While charisma can be used for negative means such as brainwashing people into joining a deadly cult. It also can be used by great men such as Martin Luther King Jr.. to bring about great social change.

    Part of this generalization is Hitler. I wish people would stop using his name so frequently. As seen on The Daily Show politicians use his name to bad mouth everybody they don’t agree with. It is an insult to victims of that monster to throw his name around with such loose tongues. Not to mention the fact that Hitler leaned on the tool of fear much stronger than his ability to sway people with charisma.

    It’s amazing how an interesting article can be butchered so harshly in the comments. Especially with the assumptions that you have to be cocky to be charismatic. The article even says to, “Let people know they matter and you enjoy being around them…” That doesn’t sound like someone who’s arrogant and constantly the center of attention.

    What are your thoughts on charisma?

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