Johari Window

How does the Johari Window assist in Interpersonal Communication; from your perspective in understanding the other person?

The Johari window is a model of interpersonal processes and social interaction developed by and named after Joseph Luft and Harry Ingham in 1955.   It was developed as a tool to aid in promoting our self-awareness and on exploring this, alters our behaviours.   In Petrie, Lindauer & Tountasakis (2000), there are two processes that determine the shape of the window: The first is feedback, how much information is a person willing to share with you; and secondly disclosure, how much is a person prepared to share about themselves.

The Johari Window has four quadrants pertaining to our four selves which are not necessarily of equal size and can change size when disclosures are revealed.   They are:
The Open Self which contains information known to ourselves and others.   Petrie et al (2000) believe Johari’s window will help people unlock the Open quadrant so communications may be disclosed between each party. The size of this window may depend on to whom one is communicating and expands the more information is disclosed.   Information in this window is normally of a more comfortable nature and flows with ease.   This information relates to knowledge, feelings, behaviours, opinions etc...

The Blind Self relates to information that others have about ourselves but to which we have no knowledge of.   This can be expressed, amongst others, as a habit, or body language.

The Hidden Self or Façade pertains to private knowledge which we currently wish to keep to ourselves or purposely and deceptively portray to keep the hidden self enclosed.   This private information could be secrets or aspirations, shameful experiences or occurrences which may draw judgement or criticism or other negative experiences.   The Hidden self does not always stay hidden.   We may voluntarily disclose information or involuntarily disclose say via a Freudian slip, gesture...