The Johari Window, named after its creators Joseph Luft and Harry Ingham, depicts aspects of interpersonal interaction in an easy to understand graphic way.
For many of us, ever since we were little children, we have been conditioned by our parents, teachers and 'society' to keep our feelings very private, hidden from the view of others. Some of us learned these lessons so well that we frequently are able to keep many of our feelings from ourselves.
JOHARI WINDOW is a structure that deals with self-inquiry, self-awareness, and the extent to which that information is shared between people.
1. Public Self
This is my basic public personality. A very private person such as a hermit might always maintain a narrow PUBLIC pane, and conversely a strong extrovert might quickly share lots and lots with others quickly.
2. Private Self
|I can choose not to share these parts of
myself with others because I may consider these private.
. . or I might consider these parts to be secrete because
I fear sharing them with another. As I begin to trust, I
am no longer afraid, and so may choose to make my
feelings more visible to others.
3. The Blind Self
The BLIND pane of the window is occasionally called the 'bad breath' quadrant. You know this about me, but I don't know it about myself. In the course of our interactions you might choose to tell me things in this quadrant. The advantage of having friends is that my BLIND quadrant shrinks by others telling me about myself.
Undiscovered or Unknown Self
and so . . .