Psychology for Lawyers

understanding ourselves
the johari window


Preface

"It might seem that self-knowledge is a central topic in psychology. In some ways it is; from Freud onward, psychologists have been fascinated by the extent to which people know themselves, the limits of this knowledge, and the consequences of failures of self-insight. Surprisingly, however, self-knowledge has not been a mainstream topic in academic psychology."

—Timothy D. Wilson, Strangers to Ourselves: Discovering the Adaptive Unconscious vii (Cambridge, Massachusetts: Belnap Press/Harvard University Press, 2002)

Reading

Joseph Luft, Of Human Interaction 13-73 (Palo Alto, California: Mayfield Publ., 1969)

"The Johari Window," in Thomas Shaffer & James R. Elkins, Legal Interviewing and Counseling 169-177 (St. Paul, Minnesota: West Publishing Co., 4th ed., 2005)

Joseph Luft, The Johari Window: A Graphic Model of Awareness in Interpersonal Relations, NTL Reading Book for Human Relations Training, 1982 [online text]

Schematics of the Johari Window: #1 :: #2 :: #3 :: #4 :: #5

Class Videos

Class Viewing 1: Johari Window: A Useful Tool for Understanding Self [3:41 mins.] [end presentation at 2:54 mins.]

Class Viewing 2: Johari Window [5:08 mins.] [Ciaran O'Boyle, Director of RCSI Institute of Leadership] [end presentation at 2:30 mins.]

Class Viewing 3: Johari Windows: Learning to Change [2:10 mins.] [The Open University]

Reference (Commentary)

"[W]e don't fully understand what we do in our lives. Much of what we do every day is oblivious to itself, as though we sleep-walk through life, unconscious to our actions and activities. We simply do what we do and don't give it a second thought: it is--or has become--second nature to us. So, to do these actions daily, even to do them well on a daily basis, is not the same as knowing or understanding that which we do (even if it is done well); the mere doing does not guarantee knowledge or understanding of what is done or how it is accomplished. Knowledge or understanding of the kind desired requires something else, something like reflection on the activity done, giving it the second thought it deserves. We may do this if we realize that what has become second nature to us still is something what we have acquired, and hence is something that we might not otherwise have done, or might have done in a different way. So the challenge here is to bring all of this--what we have done and said, our actions and activities, and their imagined alternatives--to consciousness, to conscious inspection and reflection; then, perhaps we shall see what it is that we are doing and how we manage to do it."

—Thomas D. Eisele, "Our Real Need": Not Explanation, But Education, 3 (2) Canadian J. L. & Juris. 5, 10 (1990)

"Nowadays everyone has many problems. This does not of course mean that we are all mentally ill, just that many of us feel lost in life and fail to understand ourselves and others. This explains the ever-increasing thirst for psychological knowledge and accounts for the popularity of books and lectures about psychology."

—Jolande Jacobi, Masks of the Soul 13 (Grand Rapids, Michigan: William B. Eerdmans Publ., 1976)(Ean Begg transl.)] [Jacobi goes on to note that psychology is "far from simple. It is extremely difficult to fine one's bearings in the maze of the psyche. One longs to find the right path and at the same time shrinks from it." Id.]

"The modern personality is forced to live in search, in search of itself, psychologically, spiritually, and historically."

—Ira Progoff, Jung's Psychology and Its Social Meaning 13 (New York: Grove Press, 1953)

"[W]e know that the wildest and most moving dramas are played not in the theatre but in the hearts of ordinary men and women who pass by without exciting attention, and who betray to the world nothing of the conflicts that rage within them except possibly by a nervous breakdown. What is so difficult for the layman to grasp is the fact that in most cases the patients themselves have no suspicion whatever of the internecine war raging in their unconscious. If we remember that there are many people who understand nothing at all about themselves, we shall be less surprised at the realization that there are also people who are utterly unaware of their actual conflicts."

—C.G. Jung, "New Paths in Psychology" (1912), in Collected Works: Two Essays on Analytical Psychology (vol. 7), 245-268, at 257

Reference (Videos)

The Johari Window
[4:21 mins.] [Mark Strang]

Johari Window: Joseph Luft and Harry Ingram
[10:08 mins.]

Johari Window
[5:19 mins.] [Steve Davies]

Johari Window in Interpersonal Communication
[14:48 mins.] [Lori Zakel, Professor & Chair of the Communication Department, Sinclair College, Dayton, Ohio] [focus on person to person communication]

The Johari Window Model
[4:12 mins.]

Johari Window
[9:10 mins.] [GBS Corporate Training] [focus on imporoving communication between individuals]

The Johari Window
[9:43 mins.] [Alanis Business Academy] [2013]

Johari Window 5MM
[5:26 mins.]

Johari Window
[3:08 mins.]

Suscito: Johari Window
[5:32 mins.] [presentation includes frequent references to Suscito; focus on self-disclosure]

Leadership and the Johari Window
[4:31 mins.] Pt2 [5:52 mins.]

Managing in the Matrix : The Johari Window
[4:06 mins.] [focus on management and use of teams]

How to Leverage the JoHari Window
[5:28 mins.]

Velina Getova: The Johari Window
[4:55 mins.]

Johari Window
[1:32 mins.]

The Johari Window & Relational Coaching
[24:47 mins.]

Reference (Web Resources)

The Johari Window Spread
[relating the Johari Window to Jung's concept of the persona and shadow]

Johari Window
[businessballs.com]

Reference (Primary Source)

Joseph Luft, Of Human Interaction (Palo Alto, California: Mayfield Publ. Co., 1969)




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