Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini in Munich, Germany

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 Fox Cabane. “Humans are hard-wired to dislike uncertainty, so when they come across someone who shows none they find it very hard to resist.”  –Orion Jones

Writing Prompt: Write a story, scene or poem about an evil charismatic leader.

Journaling Prompt: Write about an experience where someone you know used charm and charisma to manipulate others.

Art Prompt: Evil Charisma

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