Johari window

Queen creative’s Prompt for the promptless this week appeals to me.

The Johari Window is a method of representing information (regarding feelings, experiences, motivations, intentions, attitudes, etc) – from 4 specific perspectives.  It is a technique to help you understand how you are perceived by others, and how you see yourself.  The perspectives are as follows:

1.      Open area: The things that you about yourself, that others also know about you.

2.      Blind area: The things you don’t know about yourself, but others know.

3.      Hidden area: The things you know about yourself that others do not know.

4.      Unknown self: The things no one knows about you.

The four perspectives are not always equal.  Someone who regularly self-examines may have little to no content in window 4– “unknown”.  Someone who is secretive by nature may have a large window 3 – “hidden”. Creators of the Johari Window use 56 adjectives to guide the completion of these four perspectives.  Those can be found here, along with more information about how the window works:

Suggested Prompts:

  • Share one, or all, of your areas with us
  • Show us a picture that represent perception
  • Compare a self-perspective to an      outside-world-perspective
  • Describe yourself from the perspective of a      stranger
  • … or make up your own related prompt!

I have not heard of the Johari window before.

I am drawn to writing about numbers 3 and 4.

There are lots of things about me which I only share with trusted friends.  They are things from my past – the difficult things and some of my achievements.  That is all I am prepared to say regarding number 3!

Number 4 really makes me smile.  No-one?  Psalm 139 (NIV) begins

O Lord, you have searched me and you know me.

There are many passages in the Bible which assure us that our Creator knows all our thoughts, motives, fears, loves, dreams, desires and He loves us in spite of everything.  He longs for us to receive all the gifts he offers us – forgiveness, redemption,  eternal life, love, joy, peace, longsuffering/patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.  (Galations 5:22-23)

He wants us to become like Him.  This takes time.  In fact it takes a lifetime – and that is what each of us has.  We also have the choice.  We can choose life and prosperity or death and destruction.  Moses spoke of this in Deuteronomy 30:15-20

The main unknown cited in the Wikipedia entry is human potential.  God knows this and desires us to achieve it by living in a relationship with Him.

Does the idea that God knows your inmost thoughts worry or reassure you?

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