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Assessing Blind Spots

The Johari Window was created in 1955 by Joseph Luft and Harrinton Ingham with the purpose of helping people explore the avenues to greater self-awareness.

The window is split in to quadrants:

a. Known Self - Things we know about ourselves and others know about us

b. Hidden Self- Things we know about ourselves that others do not know

c. Blind Self- Things others know about us that we do not know

d. Unknown Self - Things neither we nor others know about us

We don't know what we don't know. But we can certainly close this gap by considering our own Johari window, supplemented by a few easy steps:

Perceive - Take notice of your effect on others. Do they appear nourished or weaker after a conversation with you? Did you listen or just speak? Did you reciprocate? Did they reciprocate?

Ask for feedback - Our perception isn't always perfect. After you've perceived what you can, ask those close to you for feedback. In doing so, you have to get the point across that you know you have weaknesses and you are asking because you want to be better.

Be amendable to change - Once you open your eyes and ears, you may be surprised with the results. But that's a good thing. Don't take anything you have gathered as personal, rather use these as development tools.


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