Wednesday, April 18, 2007

The Johari Window

"Johari's Window" was one of the favorite games that we played at camp (my youth group liked it a lot too). The game involves spitting up the field into 4 quadrants, each with a stash of items and a team. The four teams then have to steal items from other quadrants while defending the items in their own quadrant. We discovered the game about 7 years ago and renamed it after the famous Johari Window which was part of our LiMiT team development training.

The Johari Window model of interpersonal processes (sometimes refered to as the "windows of growth") was developed by psychologists Joseph Luft and Harry Ingham:

The theory is that in order to grow, we need to open our windows. To do this, one needs to take part in two important processes; feedback and self disclosure. To increase others understanding of you, you need to engage in self disclosure to expose one's hiddeness (or mask). To decrease one's blind spots one needs to receive feedback, information for growth that you are not aware of.

We can all benefit from sharing more of ourselves with others (the health benefits are enormous) and caring enough to share feedback with others. For a more of detailed explanation of Johari's window go here. And to try your very own Johari Window, go here.

May Light increase!

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