The Johari Window

Some recent work and the page on Does this make sense, reminded me of many visuals that can help therapy along.

One of them is the Johari Window – around since the 1950’s – and developed and adapted by others over the years. It is helpful because it can offer insight into how individuals, relationships and organisations might change.

It was created by two psychologists, Joseph Luft (1916–2014) and Harrington Ingham (1916–1995). Luft and Ingham named their model “Johari” using a combination of their first names.

How might it help?

What the visual makes explicit is that I do not know all there is to know about me; you do not know all there is to know about me and both of us are in the dark about some aspects of us!

The journey to better understanding is not a straight line although it will require, roughly speaking, a move from top left to bottom right. The ‘safe experiment’ guidance advises that the journey is best taken in small ‘bites’.

The ‘feedback’ referred to relates to the results you obtain from safe experiments and from those around you. This information may help you push to boundaries of our self-awareness.

Fit this into the Window of Tolerance (WOT) as this, too, emphasises personal growth arises from expanding a ‘window’. The Johari Window encourages us to move left to right to achieve that; to become aware of the unknowns – things we do not experience about ourselves and the important others in our lives.

The diagram offers one of a number of specific ways to do this – by asking others for information and by disclosing things bit-by-bit, in a safe manne

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