The Johari Window: Way to Raise Self-Awareness

The Johari Window: Way to Raise Self-Awareness

Have you ever thought about yourself? 

It may sound like a silly question, but it has a deep meaning underneath. People often think little of themselves, and the result is most of them tend to neglect themselves.

People contemplate whether they must go deep through themselves or not. The truth is, yes. It is indeed essential to understand ourselves deeply. A proverb said that before you can understand others, get to know more of yourself first. If you are already aware of your value, you will be able to understand people well. There are many tricks to uplift your understanding of yourself and others, but the most conventional way to achieve it is with the help of the Johari Window method.  

To help individuals finding out about themselves better, two American psychologists, Joseph Luft and Harrington Ingham made a window model. This model will improve self-awareness and mutual understanding between someone and others. It is originally invented to identify people's strengths, weaknesses, and blind spots. Hence, they can learn how to enhance their power and also maintain the shortages.

The main goal of using the Johari Window, in general, is to establish communication between two parties and to help people be aware of themselves. For instance, a person will feel more confident about the strengths they know from others. Further, he might likely try to fix some behaviors that are not appropriate to others.

Many corporations have been implementing the Johari Window method to their employees, especially on the team that has to collaborate for a few years. The company manager sometimes holds one-on-one meetings and executes the Johari Window together. The outcome of this exercise can create a great mutual understanding between the manager and the employees. Therefore, they can work more efficiently. 

However, most people only recognize Johari Window as a commonly used method in groups of the business field to help them build trust in each other. But in fact, it can be applied in society to raise their self-awareness. 

Johari Window Model

There are four areas in Johari Window Model. Here is a simple illustration of each sector to help you understand them better:

Open Area or Arena: People know these about me

Hidden Area or Fa├žade: I know these, but other people do not

Blind Spot: People know about these, but I do not

Unknown: Neither of us knows these, or these are not relevant to me at all

How to make use of the Johari Window? Well, the implementation is pretty simple. Since it is beneficial to individuals within people, you have to do this with someone else (free to choose one or more people to connect with). Afterward, all you need are a Johari Adjectives list and paper or any other media to make a window model. Let's take a look at how it works.

The Johari Window Exercise - Increase self-awareness and team awareness |  By Gustavo Razzetti

First, person A picks some traits from the Johari Adjectives list they think to suit them the most and writes them down in the first and third quadrant. After that, other parties can choose a set number from the list which describes person A well and fill it in the first and second quadrant. Next, both parties can reveal their answers to each other. This part is the most notable role of doing Johari activity. After looking at the result, person A and the other can tell their reasons behind choosing some traits and discuss them together.

By any chance, the Johari Window method is an amusing way to help people build trust and speak up about themselves. It can be a facilitator in any education, business, and even in friendship areas. If you are still unsure about yourself, then taking this exercise is a good alternative for you. You can also get another perspective by manifesting the Johari method with other people. It would be wholesome to realize that you are fantastic in your way like other people.

Writer: Putri Hanin

Editor: Wahyuningtyas