True charisma is pretty hard to define but it’s safe to say you can always tell when someone has ‘it’, that elusive X-factor.
And now scientists believe they have managed to define exactly what makes someone charismatic – and there’s a quick way for you to work out if you’ve got that star quality or presence.
In a new study, published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, scientists used a series of studies to show that charisma can be defined by two key abilities: influence and affability. In other words, whether you can guide other people and whether you can make people feel at ease.
Through this, the University of Toronto team say they have worked out how to quantify charisma – and have developed a quick personality test to let you know if you have it, the Independent reports.
All you have to do is read the following six phrases, and decide how you would rate yourself on a scale from one to five for each one:
I am someone who…
- has a presence in a room
- has the ability to influence people
- knows how to lead a group
- makes people feel comfortable
- smiles at people often
- can get along with anyone
Now, all you have to do is divide your total score by the number six to get your overall charisma score. If your result is higher than 3.7, then you are officially charismatic, the researchers say.
So, go on, tell us: how charismatic are you?