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JOHARI WINDOW

Published: Apr 24th, 2021 06:02 pmBy Binu Kurien

JOHARI WINDOW The Johari Window model is a simple and useful tool for illustrating and improving self-awareness, and mutual understanding between individuals within a group.

 The Johari Window model can also be used to assess and improve a group's relationship with other groups.

Influence

Today the Johari Window model is especially relevant due to modern emphasis on, and influence of

• soft skills • behaviour • empathy • cooperation • inter-group development • interpersonal development.

The Johari Window soon became a widely used model for understanding and training self-awareness, personal development, improving communications, interpersonal relationships, group dynamics, team development and intergroup relationships.

The Johari Window model is also referred to as a 'disclosure/feedback model of self awareness', and by some people an 'information processing tool'.

 The Johari Window actually represents information - feelings, experience, views, attitudes, skills, intentions, motivation, etc within or about a person - in relation to their group, from four perspectives.

The four Johari Window perspectives are called 'regions' or 'areas' or 'quadrants'.

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  1. What is known by the person about him/herself and is also known by others - open area, open self, free area, free self, or 'the arena‘.

2. what is unknown by the person about him/herself but which others know - blind area, blind self, or 'blindspot‘.

3. what the person knows about him/herself that others do not know - hidden area, hidden self, avoided area, avoided self or 'facade‘.

4. what is unknown by the person about him/herself and is also unknown by others - unknown area or unknown self.


Johari quadrant

1 Johari region 1 is also known as the 'area of free activity'. This is the information about the person - behaviour, attitude, feelings, emotion, knowledge, experience, skills, views, etc known by the person ('the self') and known by the group ('others').

 Johari quadrant 2  Johari region 2 is what is known about a person by others in the group, but is unknown by the person him/herself 

Johari quadrant 3 • what is known to ourselves but kept hidden from, and therefore unknown to others.

Johari quadrant 4 • It contains information, feelings, talent abilities, aptitudes, experiences etc, that are unknown to the person him/herself and unknown to others in the group.

 

Drawbacks of Johari window • Some thing are perhaps better not to Communicated (like mental or health problem) • Some people may pass on the information they received further then we desire. • Some people may react negatively.



 Using johari window is useless exercise if it is not linked to the activities that reinforce positive behavior or that correct negative behavior. • Some cultures have a very open and accepting approach to feedback and others do not. • Some people take personal feedback offensively

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