What Is The The Johari Window?

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There are many different perspectives on the same thing sometimes. Other views can be extremely helpful when expressing yourself and understanding how others interpret what you say or are doing to get an accurate judgment or picture of different situations. Right in the Bible, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John all walked with Jesus, yet each had their own story or perspective to share. Just like the Johari window points out, we know ourselves, others know us, and how things appear can be different depending on whose perspective it looks through.


For example, I may know that I am 6’4″ tall, and since I have been playing basketball my whole life, I would consider that somewhat of an average height, yet someone who is seven years old may even look at me and think I am so very, very tall. Again, it is perspective that counts. When we use different perspectives, we can see the blind spots or hidden areas that we are unaware of yet others are very aware of! How familiar are you with yourself? Most people, including myself, have a limited understanding of themselves, how others see them, and how they are in reality. ~ Bill Greguska


Matthew 26:10 Aware of this, Jesus said to them, “Why are you bothering this woman? She has done a beautiful thing for me.


What Is The Johari Window?

THE JOHARI WINDOW MODELNot known to others, known to others, known to self, not known to self. NeedEncouragement.com

1. Open/Self-Area Or Arena –

The person and others will know the information about their attitudes, behavior, emotions, feelings, skills, and views. This is mainly where all the communications occur, and the larger the arena becomes, the more productive and dynamic the relationship will be. ‘Feedback solicitation’ is a process that happens by understanding and listening to feedback from another person. This way, the open area can be increased horizontally, decreasing the blind spot. The arena’s size can also be increased downwards, thus reducing the hidden and unknown regions by revealing one’s feelings to another person.

2. Blind Self Or Blind Spot –

There is information about yourself that others know in a group, but you will be unaware of it. Others may interpret you differently than you expect. The blind spot is reduced for efficient communication by seeking feedback from others.

3. Hidden Area Or Façade –

I’m sharing information that is known to you but will be kept unknown from others. This can be any personal information that you feel reluctant to reveal. This includes feelings, past experiences, fears, secrets, etc. We keep some of our emotions and information private as it affects relationships. Thus the hidden area must be reduced by moving the information to the open spaces.

4. Unknown Area –

The Information which is unaware to yourselves as well as others. This includes information, feelings, capabilities, talents, etc. This can be due to traumatic past experiences or events which can be unknown for a lifetime. The person will be unaware till he discovers his hidden qualities and capabilities or through observation of others. Open communication is also an effective way to decrease the unknown area and thus communicate effectively.
Linda got a job in an organization. Her co-workers knew a little about her; in this context, the unknown and hidden areas would be more prominent, and the open space will be small. As the others don’t know much about her, the blind spot will also be smaller, and the model will be shown in Figure 1.



Johari WindowAsking for feedback or disclosing or giving feedback. NeedEncouragement.com

Linda spent most of her free time sketching in the office, which was her preferred pastime, and her co-workers found her very shy and elusive. With that evaluation, she understood how, tried to be more talkative, and interacted more with co-workers. This helped her increase her open area and thus to make the hidden and the unknown regions smaller. (Figure 2)
Through the feedback Linda got from her co-workers, she could perform well in the office, and her actual capacity could be obtained due to effective interaction among her colleagues.
The ‘Johari window is a helpful way to achieve understanding and enhance communication between the group members. American psychologists Joseph Luft and Harry Ingham developed this Johari window model in 1955.
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Here’s A Summary Of How To Place The Adjectives:

PLANE 1 /Arena – Adjectives selected by the individual and peers or significant others are placed in Arena.

PLANE 2 / Façade – Adjectives selected by the individual only are placed on Façade.

PLANE 3 / Blind Spot – Adjectives selected by peers or significant others only are placed in Blind Spot.

PLANE 4 / Unknown – Adjectives not selected by anybody are placed in the unknown.



The Participant Can Use Adjectives Like These As Possible Descriptions In The Johari Window.

  • able
  • accepting
  • adaptable
  • bold
  • brave
  • calm
  • caring
  • cheerful
  • clever
  • complex
  • confident
  • dependable
  • dignified
  • empathetic
  • energetic
  • extroverted
  • friendly
  • giving
  • happy
  • helpful
  • idealistic
  • independent
  • ingenious
  • intelligent
  • introverted
  • kind
  • knowledgeable
  • logical
  • loving
  • mature
  • modest
  • nervous
  • observant
  • organized
  • patient
  • powerful
  • proud
  • quiet
  • reflective
  • relaxed
  • religious
  • responsive
  • searching
  • self-assertive
  • self-conscious
  • sensible
  • sentimental
  • shy
  • silly
  • smart
  • spontaneous
  • sympathetic
  • tense
  • trustworthy
  • warm
  • wise
  • wit





Some Specific Scriptures To Encourage You:

1 Timothy 4:10 ESV 

To this end, we toil and strive because we have our hope set on the living God, who is the Savior of all people, especially those who believe.

Numbers 30:2 ESV 

If a man vows a vow to the Lord or swears an oath to bind himself by a pledge, he shall not break his word. He shall do according to all that proceeds out of his mouth.

Genesis 2:7 ESV 

Then the Lord God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature.

1 Corinthians 7:15 ESV 

But if the unbelieving partner separates, let it be so. In such cases, the brother or sister is not enslaved. God has called you to peace.

Romans 13:4 ESV

For he is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God’s wrath on the wrongdoer.

Romans 9:33 ESV 

As it is written, “Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offense; and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame.”

Acts 22:16 ESV 

And now, why do you wait? Rise and be baptized and wash away your sins, calling on his name.’

Acts 10:43 ESV 

To him, all the prophets bear witness that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.”

Acts 2:38 ESV 

And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Acts 2:21 ESV 

And it shall come to pass that everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.’

John 11:25 ESV 

Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live,

John 9:5 ESV 

As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”





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