Charisma and the power of great fiction writing

Some people “never read fiction”. Life, it seems, is too short for its frivolity when there remain Great Books to be read.

Yet, well-written fiction has the power to bring emotion and experience to life, accelerating (vicariously) the individual experience. And, as psychologists know, a deeply imagined experience has the same effect as one directly experienced. Hence, the power of visualisation in sport (and life) coaching.

Here’s a fantastic, case study, example from the Art of Manliness’s Brett McKay.

He uses extracts from F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Tender Is The Night to demonstrate charisma in action. It comes as a book-end to AoM’s series on the three elements of charisma, which we touched on previously.

Here’s a brief example…

Brett: Warmth makes people feel acknowledged, special, and taken care of.
Tender is the Night: He seemed kind and charming—his voice promised that he would take care of her, and that a little later he would open up whole new worlds for her, unroll an endless succession of magnificent possibilities.

Definitely worth a read.

And, as a bonus, here’s Jackson Browne…