What is the Johari Window?
The Johari window, also known as the Disclosure/Feedback model, is a model used to improve self-awareness and to help people understand their relationship with themselves and others.
It represents information about a person’s personality through four different perspectives. The four Johari Window perspectives are called quadrants. Each of these quadrants contains information about the person, based on information that is known or unknown to the person, and information that is known or unknown to others.
The Johari Window was created by psychologists Joseph Luft and Harrington Ingham in 1955, while researching group dynamics at the University of California. Due to the emphasis on soft skills, the model is especially relevant in present day.
THE 4 QUADRANTS:
Quadrant 1 – Open
This quadrant contains characteristics of the person that are known to him and others around him. It is referred to as the area of free activity.
Quadrant 2 – Blind
This quadrant contains characteristics of the person that are unknown to him, but known to others around him.
Quadrant 3 – Hidden
This quadrant contains characteristics of the person that are known to him, but unknown to others around him.
Quadrant 4 – Unknown
This quadrant contains characteristics of the person that are unknown to him and others around him.
Ideal situation for a group:
A person working with a group must aim to increase the open area by reducing the other areas through the following steps:-
- Reducing the blind area by asking others for feedback.
- Reducing the hidden area through self- disclosure and exposure.
- Reducing the unknown area by exposing oneself to new activities and making a conscious effort by oneself and also with the help of others to observe oneself.
So what are you waiting for? Take the online Johari Window test and ask your groupmates or close ones to fill it too, and work on reducing the blind area! Link to an online test: http://kevan.org/johari