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Issue LXXX (12.08.2012)


Johari Window : Peeping into Oneself

 

Two Psychologists, Joe Luft & Harrington Ingham gave a beautiful concept which helps us in exploring the answer of many riddles of life. They said that whatever happens in our life depends upon how much we are actually aware of our inner being and at the same time how much others know about it in a true sense.

The concept says that there are certain things which we are aware of and certain things which we are not aware of or which we do not consciously realize. Similarly, there are certain things others are aware of and certain things which others do not know. Thus, at a given point of time in life, we may see our total being as we understand it and as others know about it in a true sense through the following window which Joe & Harry named as Johari Window:

JOHARI WINDOW

 

KNOWN TO SELF
NOT KNOWN TO SELF
KNOWN TO OTHERS
OPEN (ARENA)   (A)
BLIND (B)
NOT KNOWN TO OTHERS
CLOSED  (C)
DARK (D)

 

The important clues which this window gives to us are:

  • Whatever is there in Open or A leads to success and happiness in life. If a person knows that he is good in listening to others and understanding them and others also know about it, others will have more faith in him and he is likely to get good success in his interpersonal relations.

  • Whatever is there in our closed area makes us uncomfortable. If it is something positive, it is in closed area either because of our hesitation or inertia or because we did not spend enough time on it to strengthen it further. If a person has got good stamina but he never works hard, it is of no use. There are some negative aspects within our closed area which denote our fears and which reduce our trustworthiness. However, when we collect the courage of bringing our weaknesses in open and start working to overcome them, they become our strength.

  • There are certain things which others understand about us but we do not realize. If they are positive, they are of no use unless we know about them. If they are negative, they reduce our respectability and make us vulnerable to unannounced problems which we may have to encounter without being prepared to face them. If a person has a habit of using wrong words or rough language while talking to others it may lead him to some interpersonal issue unawaresely.

  • The most important aspects of life are hidden in the DARK which neither we realize nor others understand them. Our deep rooted fears or our deeply buried talents lie in the Dark area. We realize them when we face a big challenge. At times, we feel highly confident of ourselves after successfully facing a tough situation because we then realize that we can exercise patience or we have the ability to work hard or to learn new skills more than we ever thought earlier.

  • The most important clue which JOHARI WINDOW gives is that the more developed is our OPEN Area, the more comfortable and Successful we are likely to be in life. We should constantly work to enlarge our OPEN area by way of:

  • strengthening our qualities and putting them in positive use,

  • being more introspective and open to self-assessment;

  • overcoming our weaknesses, and

  • accepting various types of challenges in life for realising our deeply hidden qualities and for winning over our deep rooted fears.

  • JOHARI WINDOW OF A SUCCESSFUL PERSON

     

    KNOWN TO SELF

    NOT KNOWN TO SELF

    KNOWN TO OTHERS

    OPEN (ARENA)   (A)

    BLIND     (B)

    NOT KNOWN TO OTHERS

    CLOSED  (C)

    DARK      (D)

     

    JOHARI WINDOW OF AN IMMATURE PERSON OR A CHILD

     

    KNOWN TO SELF

    NOT KNOWN TO SELF

    KNOWN TO OTHERS

    OPEN (ARENA)
    (A)

    BLIND     (B)            

    NOT KNOWN TO OTHERS

    CLOSED  (C)

    DARK    (D)

     

    Your Comments

    abhishek rayWith all due respect,no doubt enlarging the open area will increase our comfort in life but I ain't that much assured about the success thing.Even a dark, self-conscious genius may be more successful than a person who has got a large arena,especially in cases of power struggles."Show the world only what you want them to know".
    sumithow is it possible to have a closed area bigger than open area? as one can hide only what he knows
    a shahin i like it very much thanks
    a shahin i like it very much thanks
    shakiaturnerThat great how this was explained
    vinodkumarno comments
    Johari@ Louisa Nel, you would have to undergo a serious exploration of self, on many different planes or dimensions. Yet, even then, it is impossible.
    Nanjunda Swamy B Vreally it is wonderful tool to develop one's personality
    EditorIn order to unlock our hidden potential we can adopt the following ways: (1) We should work on our communication skills. Most of the times, we are not able to express our positive qualities because of hesitation or we are not sure in which situation, in what way and to whom can we talk about our talents. We should not focus on telling what we have. Rather we should pay attention to the need of the receiver to make the loop of communication effective. (2) We should also honestly introspect about our shortcomings, accept them and find a way to overcome them. When we sincerely work to overcome a weakness, we are not afraid in talking about it. What is more important is, when a person works hard to overcome a weakness, he or she can make it a strength in the long term. Whatever we see as our weakness is because we have not been able to work with and shape a particular aspect of our personality. (3) We should observe others reactions towards us dispassionately and in the process try to understand ourselves more deeply (by catching some clues in their behavior). If we continuously receive particular type of response from different corners, it may be an indicator of particular aspect of our personality. Understanding ourselves more deeply and continuously moving towards higher levels of maturity and wisdom should be our ultimate aim in each role. (4) All of us have DEEPLY hidden power within us. Generally we do not tap it because we are always attracted to outer sources of power and satisfaction (money, position, respect, support, appreciation, etc.) However, in order to realize our true potential, we should look at ourselves without being attached to any of these outer sources.
    Louisa NelHow can I unlock my hidden and blind potential?
    anitatanks for giving formula of self assessment
     
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