Foundations – JOHARI Windows

johari window four regions

  1. what is known by the person about him/herself and is also known by others – open area, open self, free area, free self, or ‘the arena’
  2. what is unknown by the person about him/herself but which others know – blind area, blind self, or ‘blindspot’
  3. what the person knows about him/herself that others do not know – hidden area, hidden self, avoided area, avoided self or ‘facade’
  4. what is unknown by the person about him/herself and is also unknown by others – unknown area or unknown self

One of the tools that we are using in English this year is called the Johari window. It was developed by Joseph Luft and Harry Ingham in 1955 to help people better understand their relationship with self and others (from Wikipedia). This tool gives us a common language within the classroom. The size of the open-area indicates the level of trust, effective communication, cooperation, and understanding. Learning and creativity in a group setting will be at its highest when the open area is large.

One of the goals this year is to create an environment where students can share their ideas openly. This certainly a very ambitious goal and takes an effort on the part of all. As the diagram above indicates, this can only be done voluntarily. No one can be forced to do this. As we “tell” a little more of our ‘hidden’ self, and “ask” and learn more about our ‘blind’ self, I believe that we open the door to discover the many gifts and talents that lie in the “unknown” self.

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