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The Johari Window 66

Christ CEntred Diagram

Jesus Christ"Everyone thinks of changing humanity and nobody thinks of changing your self." This is especially true in today's society. The ultimate change for Christians, of course, is to be "transformed into his image" as in 2 Corinthians 3.18, but this is something that we cannot do for ourselves. This happens when we realize our need, open our lives and allow God in. The essence of the Christian message is that this change is possible for everyone but you must endeavor to know your personal self to begin this process.✞

The Possibility of Growth

The Johari WindowIf there is openness in our lives, then there is also the possibility of growth in our relationships with others. For example, when we see how defensive and closed we are to strangers, we can work at doing something about it. A helpful visual aid in this quest is Johari Window or as I call it "the Self Window" which was invented by and named after the first names of Joseph Luft and Harry Ingham. The "the Johari Window" is described by Dr T.R. Badden in his book "The Non-Directive Approach." from Oxford University Press✞

Personal Disclosure

Windows to the MindSay you meet a complete stranger and begin a conversation. Initially, you each know little about that person other than what you can see and hear. Your small "free" area is all that is visible, but as you talk and feel more comfortable, you may disclose things about yourself from your "hidden" area, from your personal self. You may talk about your family, your likes and dislikes. As you do, the boundaries of your "free" area slide back.✞

What Others Perceive

Christ Centred DiagramIf, as you converse, the person informs you of something about yourself that he or she has been perceived from your "blind" area, for example that you are bearing a grudge against someone or are angry about something, then this is good feedback which will help you know yourself better. The the other area, the "dark," square is unknown both to yourself and others. Only God knows this area of your life. Only He can deal with that.✞

"Know Your Self"
by Ron Meacock © 1982 - 2017

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