Johari Window Blog

Our psychology class recently did a project where we created a Johari Window. Basically, you select 5 to 6 traits from this wall of about 40 that you think describe yourself the best. You then send it to other people and have them do the same. At the end, you have an idea of what people think of you. Selecting the traits that best describe myself was a weird process. It really made me look myself in the mirror and to be honest, it was a lot harder to see that I imagined. I wanted to pick traits that I believed described me but also that other people would believe described me. The results actually surprised me a little. I had ruled out some traits that I thought described me because I did not think others would feel the same way. As it turned out, when everyone else filled out my window, those traits that I had previously ruled out were the most popular ones. It was eye opening and it made me happy to know that people saw me as I thought I saw myself. I also felt a little stupid for doubting myself in the first place. This project taught me to believe in myself a little more and that I do a pretty good job of actually being the type of person I want to be. I’m not sure how valid of a test this is. Sometimes, people could just pick “good” traits and not actually reflect who someone actually is. When done properly though, it gives a really cool perspective. Despite what a lot of people, including myself, may say, we care about what others think. The Johari Window is a good tool to show that.

http://kevan.org/johari?view=benthorpe

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  1. I definitely agree with you about how hard it was to pick the traits that I thought described me and not just ones I thought sounded good or people would agree with. As it turns out people thought highly of me too, just like you I liked how people saw me. I also like you point of how valid is this test? Do people honestly just pick the “good” traits, as you said? I really didn’t think of this too much until you pointed it out. I’d be very interested to see how truthful people were. I got a few answers I thought seemed off or not what I wouldv’e picked, I also wonder if how long someone took to take the test and how accurate it was is a variable in it’s validity. Thanks for the insight for sharing your experience!

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