Thursday, July 12, 2007

Johari Window

Someone (very close to me) sent a message today in the Guest Book portion of my website ( ). This is what she wrote:

"...... ........:
thanks for this rare chance of understanding you better. Strange that in more than 20 years I have known you there is still that portion of the johari's window that remains elusive and I guess will continue to be. and again i hear myself saying as i have always done..may you finally be happy and eventually find yourself...."

There is one phrase that strikes me in her message: Johari's window. I can't seem to recall what a Johari's window is, so I made a quick consultation with Google search and this is what I found:

(Source: Wikepedia, )

"A Johari window is a metaphorical tool created by Joseph Luft and Harry Ingham in 1955 in the United States, used to help people better understand their interpersonal communication and relationships. It is used primarily in SELF-help groups and corporate settings as a heuristic exercise.

When performing the exercise, the subject is given a list of 55 adjectives and picks five or six that they feel describe their own personality. Peers of the subject are then given the same list, and each pick five or six adjectives that describe the subject. These adjectives are then mapped onto a grid.

A Johari Window consists of 55 adjectives used to describe the participant, in alphabetical order:

  • able
  • accepting
  • adaptable
  • bold
  • brave
  • calm
  • caring
  • cheerful
  • clever
  • complex
  • confident
  • dependable
  • dignified
  • energetic
  • extroverted
  • friendly
  • giving
  • happy
  • helpful
  • idealistic
  • independent
  • ingenious
  • intelligent
  • introverted
  • kind
  • knowledgeable
  • logical
  • loving
  • mature
  • modest
  • nervous
  • observant
  • organized
  • patient
  • powerful
  • proud
  • quiet
  • reflective
  • relaxed
  • religious
  • responsive
  • searching
  • self-assertive
  • self-conscious
  • sensible
  • sentimental
  • shy
  • silly
  • spontaneous
  • sympathetic
  • tense
  • trustworthy
  • warm
  • wise
  • witty
The opposite of a Johari window is a Nohari window. A Nohari window is the inversion of the Johari window, and is a collection of negative personality traits instead of positive. "

(7/12/07, Manila time)

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