Essay on The Johari Window Model

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Johari Window
A model for self-awareness, personal development, group development and understanding relationship

Adapted from, © Copyright alan chapman 2003

The Johari Window model
A simple and useful tool for understanding and training selfawareness, personal development, improving communications, interpersonal relationships, group dynamics, team development and intergroup relationships Developed by American psychologists Joseph Luft and Harry Ingham in the 1950's, calling it 'Johari' after combining their first names, Joe and Harry Especially relevant due to emphasis on, and influence of, 'soft' skills, behaviour, empathy, cooperation, inter-group development and interpersonal development

The model
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The Johari Window
Based on a four-square grid Like a window with four 'panes

Standard representation
Self Known Known 1 Open/Free Area Unknown 2 Blind Area 4 Unknown Area

Others Unknown 3 Hidden Area

The Johari Window 'panes'
Show each quadrant the same size Can be changed in size to reflect the relevant proportions of each type of 'knowledge' of/about a particular person in a given team situation In new teams the open free space for any team member is small because shared awareness is relatively small As the team member becomes better established and known, so the size of the team member's open free area quadrant increases

Johari quadrant 1
‘Open self/area‘, 'free area‘, 'public area', 'arena‘ Also known as the 'area of free activity‘ Information about the person - behaviour, attitude, feelings, emotion, knowledge, experience, skills, views, etc - known by the person ('the self') and known by the team ('others'). The aim in any team is to develop the 'open area' for every person, because when we work in this area with others we are at our most effective and productive, and the team is at its most productive too The open free area, or 'the arena‘ - the space where good communications and cooperation occur, free

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