The New Johari Window #26: Quadrant Three: Alternative Johari Models

The New Johari Window #26: Quadrant Three: Alternative Johari Models

We can anticipate at some point that Kevin will feel impelled to disclose something, even if he continues to withhold some Quad Three information about Sheila with her and if he still is oblivious to his own untested assumptions and attendant fears.

Kevin’s assumptions (and perhaps even his fears) are likely to be altered only when he interacts with Sheila in a genuine and open manner (moving material from Quad 3 to Quad 1). As in the case of most (if not all) disjoined interpersonal relationships, tension exists and is only resolved with a shift (and alignment) among the widows. as well as about Sheila (Quad Two).

                            SHEILA                                                            KEVIN

Kevin’s sharing might, in turn, lead to the sharing by Sheila of her own perceptions of and assumptions about Kevin (movement of Quad Three into Quad Two). It is then possible, as Kevin reacts to Sheila’s disclosure, that she will gain greater access to her own tacitly-held assumptions about how men relate to women in authority (or even to broader assumptions about men in general: their wants, needs and fears). At this point, Kevin witnesses how Sheila reacts to his disclosure and when she begins to disclose more about herself (expanding her own Quad 1). There just might be a moment of shared learning and insight as the windows of both Sheila and Kevin come more closely into alignment.


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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: offers Master and Doctoral degrees in both clinical and organizational psychology to mature, accomplished adults.

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