All interactions between people involve known and unknown elements. These elements may be suitable or inappropriate. From this comes the importance of self-knowledge to make better choices in life and career, and seek repertoire to self-manage.
The Johari Window was created in 1955 by Joseph Luft and Harrington Ingham and was named after the names of its creators. The technique widely used by the field of psychology, being one of the oldest and most current exercises to work on self-knowledge.
The concept of the Johari Window is based on the principle that to know yourself, you need to take into account the perception of the people around you. In this way, communication is fundamental and feedback is the basis of this process.
The Johari Window is divided into two axes, horizontal and vertical, and is composed of 4 zones:
The more you know yourself and the more you know each other, the bigger your public area. The bigger the open area, the better you and others deal with you. The relationship improves as the open area increases, as the number of disagreements and embarrassing situations decreases.
Ask for help from those you live with! Each of the people close to you, such as family, friends and people at work, know you and have a perception of what you show, consciously and unconsciously.
Talking to those who are close, it is possible to work three areas of the Johari Window (open area, secret area and blind area), opening the way to increase the open area even more, increasing your self-knowledge. As for the unknown area, it is necessary to establish a goal and agendas for new activities, test and discover what you like.
A valuable tip for making requests for feedback work is that you never disagree, deny, fight about the point the person is bringing for you. As much as someone brings something painful that came down dry, the ideal is to thank the person for their time and contribution. When you react badly to feedback you close a door, whoever brought you the point will probably fail to bring it, causing your blind zone to keep growing.
The exercise proposed in the Johari Window is only part of the scope to increase self-knowledge. To go further, you need to know your natural strengths, life purpose, non-negotiable values and career anchors. All this will make you aware to make choices that are more converging with who you really are, both in your personal and professional life. This makes it possible to have a happier and more sustainable life and career.