We’re used to thinking of charisma as indefinable. It has been called alchemy, or a mysterious gift.
But maybe charisma isn’t such a mystery, after all.
According a study in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, researchers from the University of Toronto have developed a scientific measure of charisma that they say is a simple, accurate way to figure out if you have it.
“The study tells us, hey, we can see charisma in others, it can be identified, we can even pick it out in ourselves, and maybe we can start screening” for it, says Howard Friedman, distinguished professor of psychology at the University of California, Riverside, and a longtime charisma researcher who developed a charisma scale, focusing on “nonverbal expressiveness,” more than 35 years ago.
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