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Charisma may be quantifiable, researchers say—and people may be able to  develop it.

Charisma may be quantifiable, researchers say—and people may be able to develop it.


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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 team of psychologists worked with 966 participants in successive stages to devise the questionnaire, asking some to list characteristics of charismatic individuals, some to rate how well the characteristics cited most frequently described someone who is charismatic, and some to rate themselves. Statistical analysis winnowed out traits that often go along with charisma, including extroversion and attractiveness. No significant relationship was found between charisma and intelligence.

“What we found is charisma is composed of two elements,” says the paper’s lead author,

Konstantin Tskhay,

who now works as a consultant at Deloitte. “One relates to influence, or the ability to guide others, and the other to affability, or making other people feel comfortable and at ease.” The test consists of three questions about each category.

JFK, Springsteen…and You?

How charismatic are you? Take this quiz and see. On each item, assign yourself a rating from 1 (strongly disagree) to 5 (strongly agree).

Has a presence in a room

Has the ability to influence people

Knows how to lead a group

AVG. SCORE

Makes people feel comfortable

Smiles at people often

Can get along with anyone

By | 2017-10-30T02:45:01+00:00 October 30th, 2017|Comments Off on Do You Have Charisma?