Johari Window- A Tool To Build Awareness And Achieve Success

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Johari Window- A Tool To Build Awareness And Achieve Success

The   idea of the process is to enlarge the ‘open quadrant’ — the larger the open quadrant the more comfortable you will be with yourself, and your relationships, and the more comfortable other people will be with you.

The process of enlarging the open quadrant vertically is called self-disclosure, a give and take process between you and the people you interact with.

As information is shared, the boundary with the hidden quadrant moves downwards. In addition, as other people reciprocate, trust tends to build between them. However, don’t be rash in your self-disclosure. Disclosing harmless items builds trust. However, disclosing information which could damage people’s respect for you can put you in a position of weakness.

The more you know about yourself and the more other people know about you, the more you can communicate on the same wavelength.  By asking for feedback you can simultaneously reduce your Blind Spot while increasing the amount and quality of information you can share in the Arena or pane 1

 

JOHARI WINDOW EXERCISE

This is an example of an exercise you can do with the Johari Window in a group or team or with your significant others.

The purpose is to share more information and reduce blind spots.  The key steps are:

  • The subject is given a list of 55 adjectives and you pick 5 or 6 that they think describes their personality.
  • Peers are given the same list and they each pick 5 or 6 adjectives they think describe the subject.
  • You arrange the adjectives on the Johari Window template  based on awareness.

Here’s a summary of how to place the adjectives:

  • PLANE 1 /Arena – Adjectives selective by the individual   and peers or significant others are placed in Arena.
  • PLANE 2 / Facade – Adjectives selected by the individual only are placed in Facade.
  • PLANE 3 / Blind Spot – Adjectives selected by peers or significant others only are placed in Blind Spot.
  • PLANE 4 / Unknown – Adjectives not selected by anybody are placed in unknown.

 

  • ADJECTIVES

Here’s a list of the positive adjectives commonly used in the Johari Window exercise (of course there are negative ones as well):

Able

Accepting

Adaptable

Bold

Brave

Calm

Caring

Cheerful

Clever

Complex

Confident

Dependable

Dignified

Energetic

Extroverted

Friendly

Giving

Happy

Helpful

Idealistic

Independent

Ingenious

Intelligent

Introverted

Kind

Knowledgeable

Logical

Loving

Mature

Modest

Nervous

Observant

Organized

Patient

Powerful

Proud

Quiet

Reflective

Relaxed

Religious

Responsive

Searching

Self-assertive

Self-Conscious

Sensible

Sentimental

Shy

Silly

Spontaneous

Sympathetic

Tense

Trustworthy

Warm

Wise

Witty

 

Below is the example of the template which is filled up as a part of the activity

 

References:

  1. Luft, J., & Ingham, H. (1961). The johari window. Human Relations Training News, 5(1), 6-7.
  2. Luft, J., & Ingham, H. (1961). The Johari Window: a graphic model of awareness in interpersonal relations. Human relations training news, 5(9), 6-7.
  3. Smith, R. E., Carraher, E., & DeLisle, P. Johari Window Model. Leading Collaborative Architectural Practice, 221-224.
  4. Verklan, M. T. (2007). Johari Window: a model for communicating to each other. The Journal of perinatal & neonatal nursing, 21(2), 173-174.

 

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