It can be tough to pinpoint the exact qualities that make someone cool, since pretty much everyone has a different idea of what "cool" is. For some, it's a leather-coat-wearing, motorcycle-riding rebel. For others, it's the lead singer of a band, a scientist winning the Noble Prize, or just that really nice girl down the street. These people are wildly different, and yet they're all considered cool because they project a certain "something" that makes them stand out.
And that's why, even though coolness can come in a variety of shapes and sizes, it is possible to identify a few traits that connect all cool people together. "A 'cool' person is someone whose attitude and behaviors are composed but seen as uniquely their own," clinical psychologist Dr. Julie Gurner tells Bustle. "I think people are genuinely drawn to 'cool' people because they see them as a representation of who they wish to be — confident in who they are."
And luckily, that's something we can all emulate — even though it may feel tricky at first. "My advice? Fake it 'til you make it," says Gurner. "It sounds very cliche to say, but in truth, if you become the person you genuinely feel you are internally and wish to be, there are very few people who will know the difference." Here, a few more traits that are associated with "coolness", according to the experts.