The Johari Window

27 Apr

If you like  Jung, more than you like freud, and, you would welcome the feedback of your friends and colleagues  about your personality, but could restrict them to these adjectives……..

  • 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
  • smart
  • spontaneous
  • sympathetic
  • tense
  • trustworthy
  • warm
  • wise

( not, the rude accurate adjectives you deserve), and you like a bit of personality analysis, the Johari Window may be for you!

The window breaks your personality down into several areas

Johari window
Johari window


Some “stuff” is known to you, others unknown.  According to wikipedia, the window places  the adjective in various areas

“Open or Arena: Adjectives that are selected by both the participant and his or her peers are placed into the Open or Arena quadrant. This quadrant represents traits of the subjects that both they and their peers are aware of.

Hidden or Façade: Adjectives selected only by subjects, but not by any of their peers, are placed into the Hidden or Façade quadrant, representing information about them their peers are unaware of. It is then up to the subject to disclose this information or not.

Blind Spot: Adjectives that are not selected by subjects but only by their peers are placed into the Blind Spot quadrant. These represent information that the subject is not aware of, but others are, and they can decide whether and how to inform the individual about these “blind spots“.

Unknown: Adjectives that were not selected by either subjects or their peers remain in the Unknown quadrant, representing the participant’s behaviors or motives that were not recognized by anyone participating. This may be because they do not apply or because there is collective ignorance of the existence of these traits. One facet of interest in this area is our human potential. Our potential is unknown to us, and others”

Why not try this for yourself  here

Equally, if you know Andrew Stemler, you can continue the process of kicking him when he’s down here. Im scoring high on “silly”.


3 thoughts on “The Johari Window

  1. Brilliant, thanks Andrew – I have been looking to develop something like this for a while now actually and this looks great. I want to use it as an alternative to the boring work assessments that people get and explore if/how/why people behave differently at work compared to home. Have you also seen the Nohari Window? The one that highlights negative characteristics?

  2. Also, is there any reason why the posts appear twice on the Facebook timeline?

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