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.
Here’s a list of the positive adjectives commonly used in the Johari Window exercise (of course there are negative ones as well):
Below is the example of the template which is filled up as a part of the activity
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