You asked for it... your blind spots exposed

Feb 27, 2024
You asked for it... your blind spots exposed

The Johari Window is a psychological tool Joseph Luft and Harry Ingham developed. The Johari framework is valuable for understanding how information about ourselves is perceived and shared among individuals.


The Johari framework is about increasing self-awareness and understanding, leading to improved relationships, conflict resolution, and a stronger sense of self. It is widely used in various fields, including psychology, leadership development, team building, and communication. This framework allows individuals to gain valuable insights into their behaviour and how others perceive them. This model promotes personal growth, fosters stronger connections with others, and creates more harmonious and empathetic social environments.


It consists of four quadrants: the open, blind, hidden, and the unknown quadrant. The main objective of the Johari window is to expand the open quadrant by reducing the size of the blind, hidden, and unknown quadrants. This can be achieved through feedback, self-reflection, active listening, and open and honest communication.



Open Quadrant: This is the area of self-awareness known to ourselves and others. It includes your behaviours, attitudes, feelings, skills, and experiences that you openly express. The open quadrant represents your public self and is crucial for building trust, effective communication, and healthy relationships.


Blind Quadrant: This quadrant represents information about ourselves that is unknown to you but known to others. It consists of your blind spots, which are aspects of your personality, behaviours, or patterns that you are unaware and observed by others. Feedback from others can help you uncover these blind spots and increase your self-awareness.


Hidden Quadrant: This quadrant represents information about ourselves that is known to you but unknown to others. It includes your private thoughts, emotions, fears, desires, and experiences that you choose not to disclose to others. These hidden aspects can be due to various reasons, such as fear of judgement or vulnerability. Opening up and sharing this information can deepen relationships and foster understanding.


Unknown Quadrant: This quadrant represents information about ourselves that is unknown to ourselves and others. It includes your unconscious thoughts, unresolved traumas, undiscovered talents, and potential. Exploring this quadrant involves self-reflection, self-discovery, and personal growth. Through introspection, therapy, and new experiences, you can expand your self-awareness and uncover hidden aspects of ourselves.


Expanding the open quadrant has several benefits:


Enhanced Self-Awareness: By asking for and receiving feedback from others and exploring your blind spots, you gain a deeper understanding of ourselves. This increased self-awareness allows you to recognise your strengths, weaknesses, and areas for improvement.


Improved Communication: When you have a clear understanding of your behaviour, attitudes, and feelings, you can communicate more effectively with others. This includes expressing ourselves honestly, listening actively, and understanding how your actions impact others.


Building Trust: Sharing information from the hidden quadrant with others can foster trust and intimacy in relationships. We create a space for deeper connection and understanding when you reveal your thoughts, emotions, and vulnerabilities.


Conflict Resolution: The Johari Window can be valuable for resolving conflicts. By increasing self-awareness and understanding the perspectives of others, you can find common ground and work towards a resolution.


Personal Growth: Exploring the unknown quadrant allows you to uncover unconscious thoughts, undiscovered talents, and untapped potential. This self-discovery and personal growth process can increase confidence, fulfilment, and a sense of purpose.


Ultimately, the goal of the Johari Window is to promote self-awareness, improve communication, and foster healthy and meaningful relationships. By expanding the open quadrant and reducing the blind, hidden, and unknown quadrants, individuals can create a more harmonious and authentic connection with themselves and others.


This can be applied to your team and getting to know them. Does it remind anyone of ‘psychological safety’?

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