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Know Yourself

The Johari Self Window or the "Johari House" is named after its developers in 1955 Joseph Luft (1916-2014) and Harrington Ingham (1916-1995) in the United States. Their names "Jo" -seph and "Harri" -ngton combine together to form the unusual title of the analytical method as "Johari." "The Johari Window" is described as a cognitive psychology tool. Joseph Luft wrote in "Of Human Interaction," in 1969 "It is one of the most useful models describing the process of human interaction." I believe it is a technique used to help people better understand their relationship with themselves as well as with others and with ultimately with God.✞

Four Quadrants

The Self WindowIn my developed version of the "Johari Self Window," I have renamed and Christianized the four quadrants in the Johari house called "the Arena, the Facade, the Blind Spot and the Unknown" and also indicated the ways in which each relate to the "free" area. In the new "Self Window" these four Christianized areas are now called "the Free, the Hidden, the Blind and the Dark." We can learn certain basic principles from the Johari self window which will help us understand ourselves, perform our relationships better and prevent us from being closed minded, even to the point of allowing the influence of God in our lives.✞

Understand Openness

The Roman Satirist JuvenalThe first thing the Johari self window teaches us is that we need to know ourselves. "The maxim 'Know Yourself' came down to us from the skies," wrote the Roman satirist Juvenal in the 1st century AD. He continued, "It should be imprinted on the heart, and stored in the memory, whether you are looking for a wife, or wishing for a seat in the sacred senate." The Christian evangelist might add to these ancient words, "or leading another to Christ." To know and understand yourself is a first-order priority for any mature individual. When we begin to understand our own selves then we begin to enter into the possibility of change, hopefully for the better. We already know and understand the "free" area but now we can become open to feedback from others in our "blind" area also. We can be exposed to the "hidden" areas of our life by a counsellor and insights from the "dark" area from prayer and meditation and receive revelation from God himself.✞

"Johari Self Window"
by Ron Meacock © 1982-2018

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