For those of us who are introverted or have trouble communicating with others, there's hope.
Charisma is not something you're born with; it is the result of learned behaviors.
Here are a few simple ways to become more charismatic.
Drake Baer contributed to an earlier version of this article.
In his book “Why Presidents Succeed,” University of California at Davis psychologist Dean Keith Simonton argues that the most effective communicators use concrete — rather than abstract — language.
“‘I feel your pain’ has association,” he tells the APA Monitor, “but ‘I can relate to your viewpoint’ doesn’t. The most charismatic presidents reached an emotional connection with people talking not to their brains but to their gut.”
“Charismatic individuals express their feelings spontaneously and genuinely,” Claremont McKenna College psychologist Ronald E. Riggio says. “This allows them to affect the moods and emotions of others.”
It's called emotional contagion, or “the tendency to automatically mimic and synchronize expressions.” So if you’re really excited about something, other people will “catch” that excitement, too...Read more...