Blind Self In The Johari Window Philosophy Essay

Johari Window was invented in the year 1995 by Joseph Luft and Harry Ingham in the United States and the word ‘Johari’ is a combination of their initial names (Yen, 1999). As stated by Yen, Johari Window included information such as skills and feelings, about a person which from four perspectives. In Johari Window, the author mentioned that the terms that have been used is self which oneself and others are refer to a group of people. There are four quadrants in the Johari Window. The first quadrant is Open Self which means we and people around us know about who we are. Second quadrant is Blind Self which refers to when people know information about ourselves but we did not know it. Next, the third quadrant is Hidden Self which we know something about ourselves but others do not know about it. Then, the last quadrant is Unknown Self which is nobody know about ourselves included of us. Overall, the Johari Window can be described as a disclosure or feedback of self-awareness and also as an information processing tool (Victoria, 2008).

Knowing my name, age and some of my interest can be categorised in the first quadrant which is Open Self. This is because, people know a little bit of me and I also know about myself. It looks like I am showing to others who am I. Mostly, when we meet people for the first time, this quadrant is not very large yet (DeVito, 2011).When we know a person almost six month for example, the window shades will enlarge by moving downwards which smaller the shade of Hidden Self or moving to the right and decreasing the shade of Blind Self. As the shade become larger, the tendency to get a lot of friends is higher when people will feel free to be friend with us because they trust us. Since this quadrant is large, we must remember that there will be certain people who love to take advantages on other people. If we are too friendly, we need to be more careful because prevention is better than cure as we do not know what is inside of other’s mind. Nevertheless, actually there is significant of this Open Self in personal development which it will help to promote our self-esteem. This is because, people who have high self-esteem never be afraid to be rejected in building the new relationship or group work. It also will lead us to think positively and improving our communication skills as we may become a friend to a person who are fluent much in language. On the other hand, we also do not want other people to look down on us and for sure, we want to show the best of our personality for their first impression as it will be a remembrance to others.

Sometimes, in our life, there is something about ourselves that we do not know or realise but others did. This is called as Blind Self in the Johari Window. When we’re in this quadrant, we will definitely do not know the condition of ourselves, unless when people told us what on earth is. For instance, the body odour was nothing because we used to deal with it everyday but for others, the unpleasant body odour such a big matter. However, if others didn’t dare to tell us the truth, it seems this is our blind spots (Yen, 1999). It is just because they don’t want us to feel terrible, shameful or end of the friendships but if they tell us, how we accept the truth and overcome the problem? Again, we will feel terrible and full of shameful ways. In personal development, this quadrant shows us that trust and sincere with each other is very important. So to improve someone personality, a person needs to be an open minded and nicely talk to others in order to remain the relationships.

The third quadrant for Johari Window is known as Hidden Self. Once, there should be some private things about us and we will struggle enough to make it stay as a secret. This action exactly takes part in this quadrant which is only we know about it but others did not. The reason why we did not expose about it in front of others because maybe it will derive us into shameful in some way, prevent from hurting others feeling or we just we do not want others to prank us. For instance, if we tell people that we are afraid of worms, there would be a big advantages for them to prank us with the most things that we afraid of. But in certain way, maybe we will let our friends know that we have asthma, so we will get the benefit which is they would not force us to do something that beyond the strength. It is about self-disclosure when we feel comfortable and trust with our friends by telling everything about ourselves and actually it may help us to remain the friendships (Yen, 1999). Sometimes, we will feel totally angry with our friends or even our best friend, so it will be our responsibility for us to be careful with our words and keep the feeling of being angry in front of them in order to maintain the relationship. Being act like this, we are in the quadrant of Hidden Self where even our best friend does not know what is going on about our feeling and Johari Window makes us remain the friendship. On the other hand, unlike people who have a wider shade of Open Self, people who has the widest shade of Hidden Self in Johari Window often having a difficulty to build a relationship or making new friends. They tend to be quiet and do not want to greet others as they love to be in their world. Sometimes, certain people do not like a person who has the widest shade of Hidden Self because they will feel insecure while with them as they do not have ideas who the person is. Nonetheless, we must decrease the shade of Hidden Self in personal development in order to make people always feel pleasure to maintain the relationship with us yet not vanish the Hidden Self to left some privacy space in ourselves.

Last but not least is the fourth quadrant which is Unknown Self. It represents things that nobody knows about ourselves included of us. For an analogy, we have a dream which is want to be a pilot but the reality is we just a lecturer, but it was our dream, and nobody knows what will be in the future. We cannot see the vision of our future, so this is what we called as Unknown Self in Johari Window which unknown mean not known to exist. There would be good or bad things for the unknown self which will abide infinity unknown or waiting for a fine day to be revealed and will take place in the other three quadrant self of Johari Window (Yen, 1999).

In a nutshell, all of the quadrant self of Johari Window show the significant in personal development. It also helps us to boost the relationships as we know how to act and treat our friends. Actually the Open Self may reveal the personality and characteristics of someone who is happy and be pleasure to introduce themselves to others. Literally, a person who has the wide shade of this quadrant is easy to make friends. While Blind Self actually discover how a person lacked of sophistication is when they do not realise the way people look at them (Straker, 2012). He also proposed that Hidden Self gives a secretive person place where they hide a lot of things about themselves in front of others and living their life that full of privacy. The Unknown Self is sounds of a riddle of one’s life and people surround them because no one knows and predict accurately about the future. Through Johari Window , as the relationship remain, the shade of Open Self is increasing while the Blind and Hidden Self is decreasing which means we succeed in developing our self-awareness in the personal development.