What is Big Think?  

We are Big Idea Hunters…

We live in a time of information abundance, which far too many of us see as information overload. With the sum total of human knowledge, past and present, at our fingertips, we’re faced with a crisis of attention: which ideas should we engage with, and why? Big Think is an evolving roadmap to the best thinking on the planet — the ideas that can help you think flexibly and act decisively in a multivariate world.

A word about Big Ideas and Themes — The architecture of Big Think

Big ideas are lenses for envisioning the future. Every article and video on bigthink.com and on our learning platforms is based on an emerging “big idea” that is significant, widely relevant, and actionable. We’re sifting the noise for the questions and insights that have the power to change all of our lives, for decades to come. For example, reverse-engineering is a big idea in that the concept is increasingly useful across multiple disciplines, from education to nanotechnology.

Themes are the seven broad umbrellas under which we organize the hundreds of big ideas that populate Big Think. They include New World Order, Earth and Beyond, 21st Century Living, Going Mental, Extreme Biology, Power and Influence, and Inventing the Future.

Big Think Features:

12,000+ Expert Videos

1

Browse videos featuring experts across a wide range of disciplines, from personal health to business leadership to neuroscience.

Watch videos

World Renowned Bloggers

2

Big Think’s contributors offer expert analysis of the big ideas behind the news.

Go to blogs

Big Think Edge

3

Big Think’s Edge learning platform for career mentorship and professional development provides engaging and actionable courses delivered by the people who are shaping our future.

Find out more
Close

What Is Charisma & How Do You Get It?

June 29, 2012, 6:30 PM
Charisma%20ss

What's the Latest Development?

In her new book, The Charisma Myth, author Fox Cabane argues that anyone can master the "art and science" of personal magnetism. Defined as the ability to inspire great enthusiasm and devotion, the essence of charisma is an empathetic body language and a cheerful, authoritative manner of speech. "The techniques [Cabane]  uses to teach emotionally illiterate clients to read body language are the same as those employed by the CIA and FBI. 'By observing people’s micro-expressions, they really do learn to read people like a book, which makes them more empathetic.'"

What's the Big Idea?

While charisma may inspire more people to like you, the personality trait should not be confused with moral goodness. History's biggest villains, such as Hitler, Mao and Mussolini, were all known for their alluring personalities. "These were all visionary charismatics, people who had total conviction in their beliefs," says Cabane. "Humans are hard-wired to dislike uncertainty, so when they come across someone who shows none they find it very hard to resist." Cabane also points out that being charismatic requires a lot of energy, meaning that leaders can often be drab or impersonal in their family lives. 

Photo credit: Shutterstock.com

 

What Is Charisma & How Do Y...

Newsletter: Share: