The New Johari Window #13. Quadrant One: Moving Beyond the Original Window

The New Johari Window #13. Quadrant One: Moving Beyond the Original Window

Having described the original Window and offered examples of how this window dynamically operates in the relationship established between two people, I will move further toward the new window. I consider alternative designs and the changing nature of interpersonal relationships in our 21st Century world. I will then explore how the new design plays out with regard to locus of control. In the next chapter, I continue this exploration into several aspects of and several different perspectives regarding the complex dance of interpersonal relationships

Variations on the original Johari Window not only hold theoretical interest—they also suggest different ways in which to understand what occurs in complex human interactions. I will consider two alternative designs: disjointed interaction among the panes, and stabilized interaction among the panes.

Disjointed Interaction among Panes

The most obvious readjustment of the Johari Window structure is to break the dividing line between the panes into two parts, so that the expansion or reduction of one quadrant only impacts on one other quadrant. Thus, the expansion of Quad One might result in the reduction of Quad Three—but Quads Two and Four wouldn’t be influenced.

This would mean that this person (Sheila) has begun to disclose more of her private self (Moving from Quad Three to Quad One), but this disclosure has had no impact on either the opaque self (Quad Two) or the unknown self (Quad Four).

                                                Sheila’s Window [In interaction with Kevin]
                                     BEFORE                                                                    AFTER


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William BergquistWilliam Bergquist, Ph.D. An international coach and consultant in the fields of psychology, management and public administration, author of more than 50 books, and president of a psychology institute. Dr. Bergquist consults on and writes about personal, group, organizational and societal transitions and transformations. His published work ranges from the personal transitions of men and women in their 50s and the struggles of men and women in recovering from strokes to the experiences of freedom among the men and women of Eastern Europe following the collapse of the Soviet Union. In recent years, Bergquist has focused on the processes of organizational coaching. He is coauthor with Agnes Mura of coachbook, co-founder of the International Journal of Coaching in Organizations and co-founder of the International Consortium for Coaching in Organizations.

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