The Johari Window: A Reconceptualization


  • John W. Newstrom
  • Stephen A. Rubenfeld


The Johari Window- is a conceptual tool for illustrating the interaction between what is known/unknown to oneself and to others. It has been used in its original form as a basis for classroom exercises since its introduction in 1955. This paper argues that limited attempts to operationalize the model have been relatively unsuccessful An alternative to the classic Window is developed that focuses on four roles crucial to attaining greater openness and personal growth-feedback solicitation, self disclosure, providing feedback, and facilitating disclosure. It is presented as a practical tool for experiential student usage in the domain of interpersonal relations.