Introduction to the Career Clarity Program

The Johari Window

About the Johari Window

The Johari Window is used to help people better understand their relationship with themselves and others. It was created by psychologists Joseph Luft and Harrington Ingham in 1955.

The Johari Window is a wonderful tool for getting feedback on how others see us in different contexts.  It is not simply to look at areas for development, it is just as useful for looking at all those positive characteristics and strengths you may have that others see in you, which you may be blind to.  The reference to the ‘window’ pertains to how open and or closed your windows are to different people. For example you may find your ‘open’ window is a good balance for your colleagues however it is very closed to those above you.  

 The Four Areas of the Johari Window 

  • Open Area (public self) – the part of ourselves we are consciously aware of and that is seen by others.
  • Hidden Area (hidden Self) – contains aspects of our ego that we are aware of, but that we may now show to others, or want them to know about.
  • Blind Spots – includes aspects of ourselves that we are unaware of, but that others are well aware of.
  • Unknown Area (unconscious self) – contains the shadow aspects of the ego, and the middle, lower and higher unconscious.