Jim Karas explains his simple system for identifying an authentic person
By JIM KARAS May 24, 2013 5:34PM
Bill Clinton and Jim Karas
Updated: May 26, 2013 7:40PM
What is a “Karasmatic” profile? Simple: A “Karasmatic” profile is something I’ve come up with that describes people in a few short words (that don’t necessarily go together). I have found that whenever I can nail the profile of a person, whether it’s a friend, co-worker, client, whatever, it’s because these people already know themselves. These people are usually far more authentic.
When you can’t define a person with a clear profile, frequently, it’s tough to get along with them, tough to connect, tough to understand their behavior. Why? Because they don’t understand themselves. Here are few clear profiles I’ve come up with:
Kim Kardashian: “Stunning Lack of Class Meets Cunning Cash.” This girl is making bank, for herself and her entire family, just because of the special video she released. She clearly followed the Paris Hilton model. But that video led to multiple reality TV shows, endorsements and $1 million for a 72-day marriage. That’s big cash, for not an ounce of class, but it’s authentic. Kim makes no excuses and will probably deliver her baby in full makeup, hair and heels, complete with camera rolling … to sell to the highest bidder.
OK, I won’t tell you who this one is, but think fast: “The Bewitching Brainy Bubba.”
Really, it took you that long to figure it out? It’s our former president, Bill Clinton (above). This is a bad boy (in the Oval Office, really?) and we all know that. He rode around the White House on his final night on a tricycle. But he bewitches us with his charm and possesses one hell of a big brain. Come on — a budget surplus, a booming economy, politicians who at least “appeared” as if they got along (until the impeachment) — this guy is exactly who you think he is. I met him a while back at a fundraiser and wasn’t disappointed. He knows his “Karasmatic” profile and wears it — and an impeccably tailored suit — with no apologies.
Our own Val Warner: “Soulful Sass Meets Captivating Class.” I thoroughly enjoy watching Val on “Windy City Live.” She just has a great combination of that funny, “take no prisoners” attitude along with a lot of smarts and a big dose of old-world charm. If you don’t believe me, flip on ABC-Channel 7 at 9 a.m. I’ve done the show with her a number of times, and I bump into her at parties, and she never varies from who she is.
Me: “Hollywood Slender Meets Tender Heart.” I’m often quickly judged, given my profession. Supposedly it’s all about looks, which is not the case, but I do like to dress well, frequently detail my car and get a haircut every 14 days. And I stay in shape, obviously. But, I often have people say to me “I totally misjudged you.” Why? I’m an emotional Pisces — I sob every time Elliott takes off on his bicycle in “E.T.” The theme song alone does me in. I’m also not afraid to share what I feel really matters and connect on a far deeper level than a pushup or a plank.
And here’s someone that doesn’t know his profile:
Simon Cowell: “Egomaniac Jerk meets Egomaniacal Jerk.” Simple. He’s a jerk but does wear it proudly as he stuffs himself into a T-shirt that my 12-year-old son would wear.
Your mission, should you choose to accept it: Figure out your own “Karasmatic” profile. Have fun while doing it — and share it with those that matter. You might be surprised.
Jim Karas donated his fee for writing this column to Northwestern Integrative Medicine.