3.1.7 Changing your Johari Window by Getting Feedback
The Johari window is a good way to think about the role of other people and our relationships with them. The window shows that other people are significant in two ways:
- We can share aspects of ourselves in order to increase our open area by decreasing the size of the area that is unknown to others. This means that other people are then in a better, more informed position to give us accurate (and more helpful) feedback. In other words, there is an assumption that people have to know something about us to provide us with information we can use.
- We can learn from others in order to increase our open area and decrease our blind area.
There are many ways in which we can get feedback from others. Perhaps the most obvious is to get feedback in person, from someone you trust. However, you’ve also learned that it is possible to get “imagined” feedback via the “empty chair” technique. In the next activity you will try to expand the size of your Johari Window open area, and decrease the size of your blind area, by getting feedback from someone else.
Activity 3.7: Getting Feedback from Someone and Changing Your Johari Window
This activity has two options:
- Option 1 involves getting feedback from someone you know.
- Option 2 involves getting some “imagined feedback.”
You should choose just one of these options:
- Option 1: Show the open area of your completed Johari Window to someone that you trust. Ask them whether they can add any information about your qualities, skills, and/or knowledge, or offer a new perspective on the information that you have provided. Add any new information to your Johari Window diagram.
- Option 2: Choose an imagined feedback-giver to sit in your “empty chair.” Think about what they might say in response to your current Johari Window open area. Might they add any additional qualities, skills, or knowledge, or offer a new perspective? If so, add this additional information to your diagram.
Has the feedback you received, whether real or imaginary, increased the size of your Johari Window open area? If so, did it also decrease the size of your blind area? If so, you could change the sizes on your your existing Johari Window diagram. Perhaps you decided to reveal something from your hidden area in order to get more useful feedback. If so, then you could change the size of your hidden area too.
Whenever you get additional feedback while studying Learning to Learn you should revisit your Johari Window diagram and amend it accordingly, to reflect the new information about your skills, qualies and knowledge. By the end of the course you will have a valuable resource to use in your future personal development. You will also be able to use your Johari Window when you work on Challenge 7: The Qualities, Skills, and Knowledge Audit Challenge (Part 2).