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The Johari Window model

The Johari Window model encourages individuals to seek feedback from others to increase self-awareness and minimize their ➡ BLIND SPOTS ⚡⚡⚡

The Johari Window Model is a psychological framework developed by American psychologists Joseph Luft and Harry Ingham in 1955. It's a tool used to enhance self-awareness and mutual understanding between individuals, groups, and teams. The model is represented as a grid with four quadrants that categorize information about an individual: Open, Hidden, Blind, and Unknown.

The Open quadrant represents information that is known to both the individual and others. This includes things like behaviors, attitudes, feelings, and opinions that are openly expressed and observable.

The Hidden quadrant represents information that is known only to the individual, such as secrets, fears, and personal experiences that they choose to keep private.

The Blind quadrant represents information that is known to others but not to the individual. This includes behaviors, attitudes, or habits that may be apparent to others but not recognized by the individual themselves.

The Unknown quadrant represents information that is unknown to both the individual and others, such as unconscious thoughts, unexplored talents, and undiscovered potential.

The model is used to encourage individuals to expand their Open quadrant by disclosing information about themselves and receiving feedback from others. This process helps individuals gain a better understanding of themselves, their relationships, and their impact on others. By increasing the size of the Open quadrant, individuals can improve their relationships with others and enhance their self-awareness.

The Johari Window Model is widely used in personal and professional development, team building, and conflict resolution. It's a useful tool for improving communication and relationships by facilitating self-disclosure and encouraging empathy and understanding between individuals and groups.

Here are some steps you can follow to use the Johari Window model:

  1. Identify the purpose: Before using the Johari Window model, it's essential to identify the purpose for which you want to use it. For example, you may want to use the model to enhance self-awareness, improve communication with others, or build stronger relationships.

  2. Choose participants: Choose the people with whom you want to work on the Johari Window model. It's important to choose individuals who are open to giving and receiving feedback.

  3. Create the Johari Window grid: Draw a grid with four quadrants representing the Open, Hidden, Blind Spot, and Unknown Self.

  4. Identify your qualities: List your positive and negative qualities, values, beliefs, behaviors, and attitudes in the relevant quadrant.

  5. Gather feedback: Ask the other participants to provide feedback about you and list it in the appropriate quadrant. Encourage them to be honest and respectful while providing feedback.

  6. Analyze the results: Analyze the feedback you have received and compare it with your self-assessment. Identify areas of agreement and disagreement.

  7. Expand the Open quadrant: Share information from your Hidden quadrant with others and work on reducing your Blind Spot by incorporating feedback.

  8. Repeat the process: Use the Johari Window model regularly to increase self-awareness and improve relationships.

Remember that the Johari Window model is not a one-time exercise, but an ongoing process of self-discovery and self-improvement.

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