The New Johari Window #2: Two Models of Interpersonal Awareness

The New Johari Window #2: Two Models of Interpersonal Awareness

The schemes used in both the original and the new Johari models lack neatness and strict compartmentalization. In the original book, Luft cautioned that: “the reader will not find a clear-cut beginning, middle, and end, but will discover portions of the text that stimulate personal observations, speculations, and discoveries about the many ways in which people interact.” I would suggest that this same caution applies to the present set of essays and the New Johari Window. As Luft suggested:

If nothing else, we hope that our readers will never again be bored in listening in on conversations or attending a reception or other social affair. Human interactions are inherently fascinating—provided an insightful and provocative frame of reference is brought to the observation of and participation in these interactions.

To this modest hope I can only add a “ditto” and an expression of great appreciation for the fascination that Joe Luft brought to human interactions through his initial Johari Window.

The New Johari Window

While the original Johari Window offers wisdom regarding human relationships that still holds true, I have modified and expanded on this Window in several ways, suggesting that wisdom contained in the original model can be expanded through additional analysis. First, I have sought to create an expanded model that is responsive to the profound shifts that are now occurring in 21st Century societies. Along with many other social analysts, I suggested in a book I wrote more than two decades ago that we are moving into what might best be called a postmodern society (Bergquist, 1993). This shift from a modern to postmodern social system holds many implications for interpersonal relationships. In the new Johari Window model I spin out some of these implications.

Second, there are important analyses and studies regarding interpersonal relationships that were offered or conducted after Luft presented his initial model. I believe it is important to incorporate these findings in the Johari model, if this model is to be truly integrative.


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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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