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The Johari Window

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I often use the model of the Johari Window to explain to my clients how counselling can help them to make sense of the unknown areas of themselves.  The Johari Window is a simple tool that highlights the relevance of self-awareness and the benefits of transparency with others.  This model was developed by Joseph Luft and Harry Ingham in the 1950’s.

Quadrant 1. The known quadrant is an area that is known by you and is also known by others. When we interact in this area with others we are at our most comfortable and good connections with others often occur.

Quadrant 2. The blind quadrant is an area that is unknown by you yet is clear as day to others. Have you ever had someone point out to you a mannerism or a word that you use on repeat that you were totally unaware of? When something unknown about you is pointed out it can be quite a jolt when it becomes conscious.

Quadrant 3. The hidden quadrant is an area that is known by you and what you consciously keep hidden from others. There is often a good reason why individuals choose to hide personal feelings and facts about themselves. This is a sensitive area and the extent to when, and to whom, an individual discloses their feelings and any personal information needs to be the choice of the individual.

Quadrant 4. The unknown quadrant is an area that is unknown to you and unknown by others. This area involves behaviours and feelings that become patterns that you do not feel in control of. An example of this would be an individual continuously becoming involved in destructive relationships. Or an individual may emotionally react to certain situations in ways that they feel unable to change.  This area could also involve repressed or subconscious feelings rooted in past traumatic events. Counselling is an ideal environment to make sense of this area.

The Johari Window suggests that through self -disclosure and the receiving of constructive feedback from others the known area can increase and at the same time there can be a reduction in the hidden, blind and unknown areas. This is a clear and simple model of how self-awareness and personal growth can be achieved, which in turn can enhance your emotional intelligence and your relationships with others.

I would be very interested if any aspects of your life fit within this model?

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog.

If you have an enquiry about Glister’s counselling service or if you would like to make an appointment, please do not hesitate to get in touch. For details on how to make contact please click HERE.

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I would like to give a huge thank you to Laura Ball www.lauraballtranslator.eu for proofreading my website. Laura was refreshing to work with. I greatly appreciated her efficiency and sensitivity. My website feels like an extension of me and I had reservations at the thought of another person revising what felt like my baby! Laura’s amendments polished my grammar and writing style without taking anything away from the content. In the process I also learnt a lot about how I write. Laura highlighted areas in my writing that I was not aware of. Her guidance regarding my overuse of certain words and the structuring of my sentences has been enlightening.

In all areas of my life I have a passion for growth. I am particularly fascinated with how we internally process our thoughts and feelings and relate to others. I think you would agree that this can be challenging! I often use the model of the Johari Window to explain to my clients how counselling can help them to make sense of the unknown areas of themselves and their interpersonal relationships. Whichever area of your life you gain awareness, this will allow for greater functioning. With the help of Laura’s expertise I now have more awareness and functioning with my writing style; thank you Laura.

If you have an enquiry about Glister’s counselling service or if you would like to make an appointment, please do not hesitate to get in touch. For details on how to make contact please click HERE.

Welcome to Glister’s first blog!

Blog - Smoke ImageI am tremendously proud and excited to launch Glister Counselling online. This has been made possible through the expertise of Terry Walsh of twda.co.uk. I have found Terry’s knowledge of the internet and websites-building  to be at the very forefront of the industry, and I believe Glister Counselling’s website is a testimonial to this.  Thank you Terry

My vision for Glister is to provide a highly professional service that will aid your emotional, mental and physical health worldwide, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. By using the internet we will be able to help you face your difficulties in the comfort of your own environment and at a time most convenient to you. We pride ourselves in tailoring our services to meet your individual needs.

I am excited to be able to communicate my thoughts, professional opinion and worldwide stories via my blogs. I tend to update my blogs on a regular basis, so please visit my website often. I will be looking forward to any comments and opinions that you may want to share. Technology has enabled anyone in the world to communicate with others at any given moment. Oh boy, haven’t we come a long way since the days of sending smoke signals!

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