The Johari Window is a technique to better understand your relationship with yourself, created by psychologists Joseph Luft and Harrington Ingham. Here’s the breakdown:
The Open Area is the part of you that others can see, and you agree. No secrets here.
The Hidden Area is the part that you see in yourself, but others don’t. This is the part you hide from others, either because you’re embarrassed, ashamed, or even modest.
The Blind Spot is the part that you don’t see in yourself, but others do. This is a scary one, quite frankly. But, it can also be positive. People can see you better than you see yourself too. This part of you lacks self-awareness.
The Great Unknown is the part of you that you and others alike don’t see, good and bad. Admittedly, I don’t know what to do with this information.
How Do I Use This?
Become a third-person observer of your character, free of value judgment. Continually make observations about yourself in a non-judgmental way, I didn’t act kindly enough to that waiter, I cut my workout too short, I get self-conscious in social situations.
Then, identify how you wished you had behaved and when the situation comes up again, make an effort to act in accordance with your desired behavior.
To sum up: If you become self-aware, admit your flaws, and perceive them non-judgmentally, you have the power to change and improve dramatically.