The New Johari Window #2: Models of Interpersonal Awareness

The New Johari Window #2: Models of Interpersonal Awareness

The original model helped to clarify changes in awareness and openness as well as changes in tension, defensiveness, and hostility. Certain universal questions were addressed through the model—questions about the effect of unknowns on human interaction, trust, levels of miscommunication, ancient and primitive leadership patterns, and appropriate disclosure of self.
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The original book was written with two purposes in mind. These same two purposes hold true for the new version of the Johari model of human interaction.  The first purpose is to develop basic issues about human interaction with the aid of this model. The second purpose is to illuminate interpersonal learning and the process of learning-to-learn through use of the model. The meaning of observation and of feedback, for example, is considered in order to show how learning about behavior can be conceptualized. Attention is also given to some of the special qualities and problems in interpersonal and group dynamics training programs—often called T-groups, human relations laboratory groups, sensitivity groups, or encounter groups.  The two purposes often overlap since questions of learning and important issues such as trust and leadership closely interrelate.

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William Bergquist

William BergquistWilliam Bergquist, Ph.D. An international coach and consultant, professor in the fields of psychology, management and public administration, author of more than 45 books, and president of a graduate school of psychology. Dr. Bergquist consults on and writes about personal, group, organizational and societal transitions and transformations. His published work ranges from the personal transitions of men and women in their 50s and the struggles of men and women in recovering from strokes to the experiences of freedom among the men and women of Eastern Europe following the collapse of the Soviet Union. In recent years, Bergquist has focused on the processes of organizational coaching. He is coauthor with Agnes Mura of coachbook, co-founder of the International Journal of Coaching in Organizations and co-founder of the International Consortium for Coaching in Organizations. His graduate school (The Professional School of Psychology: www.psychology.edu) offers Master and Doctoral degrees in both clinical and organizational psychology to mature, accomplished adults.

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