Peer through the Johari window

The Johari window is a tool from the world of cognitive psychology to ‘help people better understand their interpersonal communication and relationships’.

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Courtesy of business balls

I find it quite a useful tool in any sort of group situation. The Johari window is a two-by-two matrix that outlines qualities that you believe you either have or don’t; and that other people believe you either have or don’t.
The object of the exercise is to understand better your own self-awareness, as well as understand how others see you, and what elements of facade exist (things you think you exhibit but no-one else does). Most useful in a group situation.
If you think of people you know with real impact–people who make a room stop still with their presence–you are probably dealing with those with Johari window’s wide open. Enough, perhaps, to drive a truck through. These are people who know who they are and how the world sees them.

I was lucky enough to get 31 people to fill out my Johari (courtesy of It is probably a larger number than is useful as you tend to pull every adjective. Nonetheless by weighting the response by the strength (and recency) of the relationships in questions I can probably pull out some guidance.


(known to self and others)

adaptable, energetic, extroverted, ingenious, knowledgeable, relaxed

Blind Spot

(known only to others)

able, bold, brave, caring, cheerful, clever, complex, confident, dependable, friendly, giving, happy, helpful, independent, intelligent, kind, logical, loving, nervous, observant, organised, proud, reflective, searching, self-assertive, sensible, silly, spontaneous, tense, trustworthy, warm, witty


(known only to self)


(known to nobody)

accepting, calm, dignified, idealistic, introverted, mature, modest, patient, powerful, quiet, religious, responsive, self-conscious, sentimental, shy, sympathetic, wise

Dominant Traits

70% of people think that azeem11223344 is intelligent

All Percentages

able (6%) accepting (0%) adaptable (3%) bold (12%) brave (6%) calm (0%) caring (3%) cheerful (12%) clever (19%) complex (19%) confident (29%) dependable (3%) dignified (0%) energetic (45%) extroverted (29%) friendly (19%) giving (6%) happy (6%) helpful (12%) idealistic (0%) independent (12%) ingenious (12%) intelligent (70%) introverted (0%) kind (12%) knowledgeable (41%) logical (19%) loving (3%) mature (0%) modest (0%) nervous (3%) observant (12%) organised (3%) patient (0%) powerful (0%) proud (6%) quiet (0%) reflective (6%) relaxed (3%) religious (0%) responsive (0%) searching (6%) self-assertive (9%) self-conscious (0%) sensible (3%) sentimental (0%) shy (0%) silly (6%) spontaneous (12%) sympathetic (0%) tense (6%) trustworthy (12%) warm (12%) wise (0%) witty (19%)

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