Monday, February 07, 2011

Presence vs Charisma

Someone with presence imparts a feeling of substance, a confidence that is reassuring, at home with itself. That's a nourishing feeling for those in the vicinity, whereas charisma can feed off people. Presence extends energy outward, but charisma draws energy toward itself from others.

When we are present, we have a natural grace, however large or small we may be, just as the elephant has grace in its way and the gazelle in another. All animals have presence, and from them we can assume that this is the usual property of a body whose occupant is home.

Roger Housden, Seven Sins for a Life Worth Living


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