When anyone asks me about how I can know myself…I always remember the four quadrant of the johari window. Joseph Luft and Harry Ingham together developed the johari window concept in the year 1955. The four quadrants is the illustration of a person’s character. If you look carefully at the picture and think about all the four quadrants, you will agree with the concept. Because mostly it is found that with a person… there are four ways in which one knows and showcases itself.
The main goal of johari window is to make you realize the importance of open communication, self disclosure and also demonstrates how the feedback from other help you grow personally and professionally. Your Open Area is expanded vertically with self-disclosure, and horizontally with feedback from others on your team. This concept was mostly built for improving team cohesiveness but we can apply to one individual also and know ourselves better.
Now let us explore ourselves through different activities for each quadrant of Johari Window:
- Quadrant One: The Open Self
Here open self means that the information you share with you peers or family. This area of yours is well explored hence just the information is known to both you and the outer world. Your regular interaction with the society is the activity that you do.
- Quadrant One: The Blind Self
Blind self means that the things that other know about you, or how they perceive you but you do not know about it. This quadrant you can explore by discussing with teacher, experts or your well wisher, who you think will help you understand yourself better. The positive feedback from them will help you grow and understand your social self. Peer discussions are not that preferable as, they can mislead you.
- Quadrant One: The Hidden Self
There are lots of things probably that only you know. Perhaps you think that no one will understand what you want to say. For discovering your hidden self you can choose a comfortable place where you can be yourself, that can be anywhere you like and feel safe. Take a blank sheet and a pen, adjust yourself to that place and start to write, do not stop and pause to think. Sometimes your pen knows better than your mind. Just let it flow, and keep writing until the end of the paper. After finishing, you read it carefully and analyze yourself. What you wrote and why.
This will be of significant use. If you follow the instructions properly this will help you know yourself really better.
- Quadrant One: The Unknown Self
The unknown self is a little difficult to explore. Because in this quadrant neither do you know about yourself and nor does the world. In this situation, you must talk to an expert or preferably a counselor.
There can be lots of things that you must know must because of your ignorance you fail to look into this quadrant. There can be hidden talents that you may have not recognized but are be very essential for your development and growth.