February 17, 2006
Blind Spot in the Window

creative perspectivesMy sister told me about the Johari Window yesterday. I thought I’d share it with you so you can try it. This is a 1950’s pyschology tool that gives a glimpse into how everyone’s perspective is different.

From a list of 55 adjectives, you select half a dozen that you believe describe yourself. Then you ask others to think about you and select the ones they think fit best. By reviewing the answers, you can see how others perceive you, where your idea of yourself overlaps with others’ knowledge of you, and where it doesn’t.

There is also the other side of the coin in the Nohari Window. It lists negative adjective with the same instructions to choose 6 you feel apply to you, then get friends and acquaintances to select the ones they believe describe your bad aspects.

Of course someone set up an online version , the Interactive Johari Window. And I played with it yesterday. You’re welcome to look at my Johari and my Nohari windows. I invite you to add your own set of adjectives to my results if you like. The more people who add their ideas about me, the more I can see how far off my self-perception is.

Should you choose to give it a spin, and I know you, I’ll add another datapoint to your window.

Posted by kuri at February 17, 2006 08:14 AM


It is good there is the balance of good and bad. it is harder to find bad adjectives though…

Posted by: T on February 17, 2006 02:59 PM

I was disappointed that the negative list didn’t include “sickly” and “poor typist.”

I’m glad some of you aren’t too timid to do the negative one. But I guess that it’s easier to do positive traits than negative ones if you only know me via my weblog. :-)

Posted by: Kristen on February 17, 2006 03:12 PM

Heard you are now quite ill.. odaiji-ni

Posted by: T on February 17, 2006 09:37 PM

Just a febrile cold. Another nap and some more tea and I’ll be right again.

Posted by: Kristen on February 17, 2006 11:10 PM

Odaiji-ni! Hope its not Beef Tea you are drinking!

Posted by: j-ster on February 19, 2006 11:32 PM
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