The New Johari Window #1: Beginning a Journey

The New Johari Window #1: Beginning a Journey

Lest anyone still think that the Johari Window is too simple, the New Johari Window offers even more complexity than that offered originally by Luft and Ingram. The new window is “double pained” with eight rather than four panes interacting with one another. It is hard to discount the New Johari Window as “simplistic.” It is much more likely to be criticized as “too elaborate” or even “unnecessarily convoluted.” If these criticisms are valid, then they should be laid at my feet rather than at the feet of Joe Luft, who always was a genius at making an idea seem simple and readily accessible when, in fact, it was quite subtle and complex.

All of this is to say that the Johari Window is neither out-dated nor simplistic and that the New Johari Window is intended to assure that the original model (and hopefully the new model) receives a fair hearing as a multi-tiered, multi-dimensional representation of human interactions in the 21st Century. These essays are intended more than anything else to honor Joe Luft and his exceptional insights about the human condition.


[I] Luft, Joseph. Of Human Interaction. Palo Alto, CA: Mayfield Publishing Co., 1969, p. 6 (footnote).


Following are other posted essays in this series on the New Johari Window:

Essay #2: Models of Interpersonal Awareness

Essay #3: Locus of Control

Essay $4: Three Perspectives on Human Relationships

Essay #5: Interpersonal Needs

Essay #6: Awareness of Self and the Postmodern Condition




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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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