Johari Window

You cannot focus on frames without noticing which window you and/or others are looking through. With better understanding of the Johari Window one can decide which frames(s) need be applied to a conversation, situation, research etc.

Often individuals base their opinions on one’s public self, while understanding our perspectives come from a much deeper place–which most of us often assume is made up completely through our public and private self. Easily forgetting that the hidden self and unknown self are just as responsible for our and others thoughts and perspectives.

When developing frames, utilize mindfulness to understand which windows you are accenting–try to make sure each receives a brand new frame.


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

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

Hidden: Adjectives that are not selected by subjects but only by their peers are placed into the Hidden 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.

info supported by *the always reliable*, Wikipedia



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