The Johari Windows model is a great coaching tool when you’re working with couples or in a professional work environment where managers and team members need to get to know each other better. It was first created by two American psychologists Joseph Luft and Harrington Ingham. By now you may have noticed that the word “Johari” is a combination of their names (Joseph and Harrington). The Johari Windows Model was created to help people better understand how they present themselves to the world, and to help those in significant relationships better understand each other.
Understanding the Johari Windows
Essentially we look at four ways of how we and others understand ourselves.
- Pubic Self – What I know about myself and what I let others know about me
- Private Self – What I know about myself which I do not let others know about me
- Blind Self – What I do not know about myself which others have observed
- Unknown Self – Aspects about me that I and others do not know about.
Luft and Ingham used a number of adjectives as possible descriptions of a person participating in their assessment. Below are the adjectives they used, plus additional ones I added to the list, shown in brackets . I would encourage you to use this list of adjectives as a starting point, but modify it based on the type of coaching, counselling or training your are doing.
Example: Let’s say you are counselling a couple, say John and Mary. To assess John, you would ask John to select the adjectives in the list that most describe him. You would separately ask Mary to select the adjectives she believes best describe John. The adjectives that they both selected are allocated to the Public Self window. The adjectives that John selected but that Mary did not, are allocated to the Private Self window. Finally, the adjectives that she selected but that he did not, are allocated to the Blind Self window. The same is then done for Mary. This Johari Windows assessment provides a great basis for a discussion between John and Mary to better understand each other and how their behaviours are being experienced by each other.
Other than couples counselling, I have also used this Johari Windows tool with great success in corporate settings within teams, most recently with a peer group of board level managers.
Johari Windows Model Application: Couples Counselling, team building, personality profiling
Johari Windows Model can be used by: Life Coach, Corporate Coach, Mentors, Managers and Team Leaders, Self
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