Psychology for Lawyers

understanding ourselves
the johari window


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

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

Johari Window Diagram: #1 :: #2 :: #3 :: #4 :: #5

Class Videos

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

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 that 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)

Reference (Videos)

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

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

Johari Window
[11:29 mins.]

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, 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
[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.]

The Science of Receiving Feedback
[5:15 mins.] [Sheila Heen]

Reference (Web Resources)

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

Johari Window

Reference (Primary Source)

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

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