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Johari Window

The Johari Window is a way of looking at relationships and the communication process. The process of communicating and of transacting with others —is one of the most important elements of our lives.

Communicating or transacting with another person has been studied for years by many experts and the information available on the subject is overwhelming. However, communication between people can be broken down into some very simple terms.

Two behavioural scientists, Joseph Luft and Harry Ingham, have done just that. They have developed a model which can be looked upon as a communication window through which you give and receive information about yourself and others.

This information comes in many forms: verbal and non-verbal, fact and opinion, feelings and thoughts, perceptions, etc. The important thing about their model is that it accounts for this variety of information, it deals with the subtleties of communication between people, it helps define the quality of a relationship at various points in time, and it is simple enough to be displayed graphically. Their model is called the Johari (Joe and Harry!) Window.

The model is based on a square, four-pane window which represents all that can be known about you:

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