When I was younger, I thought I knew myself very well. But as years passes, I realized, there’s a lot more about myself I dunno and was just discovering and for sure, still about to discover.
I first heard the “Johari Window” during a church seminar I attended years ago. It really caught my curiosity. So here are bits of info about it.
The Johari Window was–
a. Developed by American psychologists Joseph Luft and Harry Ingham in the
1950’s, calling it ‘Johari’ after combining their first names, Joe and Harry.
b. Represents information – feelings, experience, views, attitudes, skills, intentions, motivation, etc
c. It is a technique created in 1955 in the United States, used to help people better understand their relationship with self and others. It is used primarily in self-help groups and corporate settings as a heuristicexercise.
It is divided into four quadrants or areas.
Quadrant 1. Open – known to self, known to others
- This part is about things we and others know about ourselves.
- Information about the person – behaviour, attitude, feelings, emotion, knowledge, experience, skills, views, etc – known by oneself and known by others. (see reference)
Quadrant 2. Blindspots -unknown to self, known to others.
- Could also be referred to as ignorance about oneself, or issues in which one is deluded (see reference)
Quadrant 3. Hidden – Known to self, unknown to others
- What is known to ourselves but kept hidden from, and therefore unknown, to others
- Represents information, feelings, etc, anything that a person knows about him/self, but which is not revealed or is kept hidden from others
- Also include sensitivities, fears, hidden agendas, manipulative intentions, secrets – anything that a person knows but does not reveal (see reference)
Quadrant 4. Unknown – unknown to self, unknown to others.
- Information, feelings, latent abilities, aptitudes, experiences etc, that are unknown to the person him/herself and unknown by others.
- Can be prompted through self-discovery or observation by others. (see reference)
Being aware that there were things about us we’re unconscious of would help us get to know and improve ourselves better. Acknowledging this fact can make us more interested in discovering who we are as well as who those people around us are. We can get to learn our strong and weak points. We could get the chance, or if we opt to do so, to strengthen our infirmities.
Studying these four quadrants is truly engrossing. It got me asking and thinking much about each of them. I imagined myself being those four quadrants. There’s the “Open Flei,” the “Hidden Flei,” “Flei’s Blindspots” and the “Unknown Flei.” How cool is that? I’m sure it’ll be very intriguing to learn more facts about our blind spots, hidden us, and unknown us.
So if you’d make a survey of how well people know you, the result could, for sure, make you happy or disappoint you. If you have friends who’d be frank enough, they’d definitely let you know about your weak points. And that includes our bad traits. [Does that sound scary rather than exciting?] Well I guess, it is (uhmm..really) frightening to uncover how others think of us. What if our blindspots are all negative? Are we prepared to admit or accept all the new information we will learn about ourselves? What are we to do next after finding out about them?
Anyway, the goal of Johari Window is not to discourage, pull us down, or break us. Rather, it is created to build us and establish good relationships of all sorts with others.
Bright idea? I do think it is.
In conclusion, learning about Johari Window makes me think of how amazing God is. We really are “fearfully and wonderfully made (psalm 139:14)” by God, our Almighty God.
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