Johari’s Window

June 12, 2017 - - 0 Comments

I would like to discuss one of the many emphases we as therapists work toward when working with clients in an individual or group setting. For this discussion, I will be referring to “The Gift of Therapy”by Irvin D. Yalom. If you can please look below at what is the “Johari Window”. The Johari window is a venerable personality paradigm used to instruct members of a group, the group leader, and an individual during individual therapy about self-disclosure and feedback.

Known to self Unknown to self
Known to others 1.Public 2.Blind
Unknown to others 3.Secret 4.Unconscious

• Quadrant #1 is the public (Known to myself and to others)

• Quadrant #2 is the blind self (Unknown to self and known by others)

• Quadrant #3 is the secret self (Known to self and unknown to others)

• Quadrant #4 is the unconscious self (Unknown to self and to others)

Each of the quadrants will vary in size since some individuals will have certain cells that are larger than others while also some may be smaller than others as well. Through the use of therapy, the therapist will engage with clients in a group and individual setting in an attempt to aid individuals in growing the public cell (#1) larger than the remaining 3 cells. By the use of self-disclosure and guiding individuals in the process of becoming open about themselves will they (clients) then be able to grow the public (#1) cell larger. Irvin Yalom asserts that a goal of therapy is to increase reality testing and to help individuals see themselves as others see them.

During the process of group therapy many members most often give each other feedback allowing the blind self (#2) to grow smaller. Much data in regards to interpersonal skills are obtained by members of the group since in group sessions members interact with each other a great deal of time. According to Irvin Yalom it is through feedback that patients become better witness to their own behavior and learn to appreciate the impact of their behavior upon the feelings of others.

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