Obviously, a mirror is not a window, so the looking glass reference may not be the most accurate - but that's why you're reading this article instead of 'Clever and Accurate Blog Post Titles.' But, now that I have your attention, I'd like to introduce you to the . . ."Conscience is the window of our spirit, evil is the curtain." - Douglas Horton
Chances are, if you've worked in any sort of corporate environment or taken any psychology courses, you've encountered a Johari Window - even if you don't remember the name. It was created in 1955 by Joseph Luft and Harry Ingham to serve as a graphic model of interpersonal awareness. The window is a simple 2x2 grid that helps organize adjectives and characteristics that a group of people know about an individual, as well as what that individual knows about him or herself.
The four areas of the grid can be described as:
- Arena: Traits of the individual of which both they and their peers are aware.
- Facade: Information about the individual of which their peers are unaware; the participant choose whether or not to reveal this information.
- Blind Spot: Traits the individual has that he or she is not aware of, but others are. The individual most often learns about these traits only when they receive feedback from others.
- Unknown: This quadrant contains the behaviors and motives that are not recognized by either the individual or their peers