The four panes of the Johari Window help to explain the process of self-disclosure and consider our own levels of self-awareness in the communication process. We may have blind spots in regard to certain aspects of our behavior, as do others. “Being real” or honest and authentic in our communications with others should be predicated on kindness, discernment and compassion. Supportive communications invite opportunities to expand our window, build meaningful relationships, and potentially reduce our “blind spots”.
Can you think of an interpersonal exchange that increased your own level of self-awareness and how does it relate to the Johari Window? What did you discover about yourself? Did the other person’s communication style help or hinder your own self-discovery? Why or why not?