Johari Window: A Tool to Improve Mental and Social Well Being

The Johari window is a technique[ that helps people better understand their relationship with themselves and others. It was created by psychologists Joseph Luft (1916–2014) and Harrington Ingham (1916–1995) in 1955, and is used primarily in self-help groups and corporate settings as a heuristic exercise.[ Luft and Ingham named their model “Johari” using a combination of their first names.

In the exercise, subjects pick a number of adjectives from a list, choosing ones they feel describe their own personality. The subject’s peers then get the same list, and each picks an equal number of adjectives that describe the subject. These adjectives are then inserted into a two-by-two grid of four cells.[

The philosopher Charles Handy calls this concept the Johari window with four Quadrants. 

Quadrant one is the part of ourselves that we and others see.
Quadrant two contains aspects that others see but we are unaware of. Quadrant three is the private space we know but hide from others.
Quadrant four is the unconscious part of us that neither ourselves nor others see.

The exercise can be used in knowing ourself properly and hence improving our interactions with others which will lead to enhanced Mental and Social Well Being.



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I am Rashid Aziz Faridi ,Writer, Teacher and a Voracious Reader.
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