HISTORY, ROMANCE AND...CATS!
Grace Elliot leads a double life as a vet by day and author of intelligent historical fiction by night. Grace is an avid reader and believes that smart people need to read romance - as an antidote to the modern world!
Grace is also obsessed by all things feline.
The charismatic seducer is an exciting person. Their self-confidence and air of purpose make them attractive to people who lack those properties and desire them. Charismatics work on the large scale, capable of seducing not just individual people but crowds.
"Charismatic authority refers to a rule over men…to which the governed submit themselves because of their belief in the extraordinary quality of the specific person."
Max Weber. Essays in Sociology.
Examples could be taken of Robespierre or Lenin, men of great vision with extraordinary plans who were able to inspire the public. As for the charismatic seducer, their appeal comes from an almost mystical way of giving people something to believe in. They do this in the following way:
They have purpose and act decisiveness, which in uncertain times is an attractive quality.
"That man could make me go through the eye of a needle to throw myself into the fire."
General Vandamme on Napoleon.
This is the mystery of being a contradiction; the charismatic can be both kind and cruel (Peter the Great), detached and excitable (Charles de Gaulle) or distant and yet intimate (Sigmund Freud). It makes their character harder to understand and therefore more intriguing.
"The masses have never thirsted after truth. They demand illusion and cannot do without them."
Charismatics are good with words, they can weave words and inspire, uplift or anger.
They are naturally larger than life characters, who know how to command attention without trying too hard.
Their beliefs make them fervent, adding animations to their speech and gestures; they would even believe their own lies if necessary.
They are also good at non-verbal communication, such as the piercing gaze. They often appear poised and calm, and yet their eyes are magnetic, and never show fear or nerves.
Examples of charismatics are numerous and diverse, ranging from politicians to film stars, from kings to monks. People such as Napoleon, Lenin, Robespierre, Rasputin, Eva Peron, Marilyn Monroe and Elvis Presley.
"I do not pretend to be a divine man, but I do believe in divine guidance, divine power and divine prophecy."