​The Johari Window​

The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows.

My mentor, Tim, shared this with me recently.

It was created in 1955 by two American psychologists, Joseph Luft  and Harrington Ingham (hence JO-HARI window is a combination of their names)

It’s aim is to establish a more realistic image of how you are in real life rather than simply based on your perception.  It involves speaking with others and gaining their feedback so is ideal in workplace or group dynamics.

There are four areas, or rooms, within the window, each relating to a facet of your relationships with those around you.

  • Open or Arena: This quadrant represents traits of the subjects that both they and their peers are aware of.
  • Hidden or Façade: This quadrant represents information about the subject that their peers are unaware of. It is then up to the subject to disclose this information or not.
  • Blind : This quadrant represents information that the subject is not aware of, but others are, and they can decide whether and how to inform the individual about these “blind spots“.
  • Unknown: This quadrant represents the participant’s behaviours or motives that were not recognized by anyone participating. This may be because they do not apply or because there is collective ignorance of the existence of these traits.

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The Johari Window is also explored on the MindTools website here.

Enjoy 🙂