Johari Window

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Open Area: This is the area that is known to myself and to others. The behaviors revealed in this area are ones I am not defensive about and myself and others are familiar with or know about.

Hidden Area: This is the area that I know about myself and keep from others. I keep secrets for fear of others’ reaction to them. Secrets may pertain to feelings, attitudes and behavior.

Blind Area: This is the area that others see and I am not aware. This area remains blind to me because others may not tell me for fear of offending me.

To Be Known: This is the area about which neither myself nor others are aware of (unconscious or subconscious). Many undiscovered or unknown strengths and aptitudes exist here.

Use: to help people better understand their interpersonal communication and relationships. I can increase the Open Area through self-disclosure of secrets, soliciting feedback and considering others’ observations, shared discovery with others and my own self-discovery. Exercises using Johari Window →

Created by Joseph Luft and Harry Ingham in 1955