The New Johari Window #33: Alternative Johari Models I. The Disjointed Model

The New Johari Window #33: Alternative Johari Models I. The Disjointed Model

In many ways, the disjointed and stabilized models become most valuable when they are applied to a description and analysis of Quad Four. The disjointed model highlights the dynamic interaction between Quad Four and it’s opposite quadrant, Quad One. While the original Johari Window requires that Quad Four material move through Quad Two or Quad Three before moving on to Quad One, the disjointed model allows for an immediate movement of Quad Four material into Quad One. Conversely, the stabilized model highlights the dynamic interaction between Quad Four and both Quad Two and Quad Three—being freed from the constraints of the original Johari model. I turn first, in this essay, to the Disjointed Model

The Disjointed Model

This alternative model enables us to explore (or at least speculate about) the rich interplay between Quad Four and Quad One. Such an interplay has been the fodder for many historic psychological analyses. We can point to Freud’s analysis of the dynamic interaction between conscious and unconscious processes, or to Jung’s analysis of the persona and shadow in dynamic interaction. We can point instead to the British School’s (Bion’s) equally as rich and provocative analysis of the dynamic interplay between the explicit working agenda of a group and its’ implicit agenda regarding the confirmation of unconscious group assumptions.

I will focus, therefore, on this interplay between Quad Four and Quad One in applying the disjointed model to our understanding of human relationships. There are four possible scenarios with regard to the relationship between Quad Four and Quad One: (1) small Quad One and large Quad Four, (2) large Quad One and large Quad Four, (3) large Quad One and small Quad Four, and (4) small Quad One and small Quad Four. Each of these scenarios can be the result of a specific relationship with another person (and their own interplay between quad four).

Throughout this set of essays, I have referenced the power of interpersonal relationships in bringing about movement between the quads. However, in this case I am not providing these interpersonal portrayals because the direct movement between quad four and quad one is often produced without the direct assistance of another person. Each of these scenarios might also be a product of the setting in which we find ourself at any one point in time—such as a retreat setting, hot tub or playground (attending to our child). Each of these scenarios might also take place without any outside influence—there is a sudden eruption that might be a surprise to ourself (and other people who are present).

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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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