A communication model was developed to help individuals have access to the parts of themselves that they would rather not have, and deny within themselves. Much like the Shadow Elements that we mentioned while talking about Carl Jung. The model is represented by a window which contains four pieces of glass, or four separate parts or quadrants. Two parts of this window represent those parts of ourselves which are within our conscious awareness, and two parts represent parts that are not within our conscious awareness. This illustration which is called the, "Johari Window", was developed by Psychologists Joseph Luft and Harrington Ingham. There names were combined and form the name of the model. The, "Johari window", is a tool which can help us better understand ourselves and our relationship with others. In practice it allows us to get feedback from others in a trusting environment. The illustration is represented as a window with four panes. Two of these panes represent the parts or ourselves with which we have conscious awareness, and two of the panes represent parts of ourselves with which we have no conscious awareness. The first quadrant represents that aspect of ourselves, which we are aware of, and that others are also aware of about us. The second quadrant represents our blind spot. That which others are aware of about us, but which we have no conscious awareness. ( I may not be aware of my vocal tone, or that I am moving my hands while talking, but the other easily has access to this information). The third quadrant represents the part of ourselves that we know about, but others do not know. The fourth quadrant represents information that we do not know about ourselves, and that which the other does not know about us. Those aspects of ourselves that we want to deny or repress are often projected onto others. Typically we don not like those aspects of the other and often find them irritating, angering, and distasteful. It is the part of ourselves that we can't see that causes so much difficulty in life.. If you are interested in individual counseling, couples counseling, or family counseling you can contact me at 856 417 2283.
Getting to Know Ourselves
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