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

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

This shift, in turn, will push Kevin to share his information and insights with Sheila (moving quad three to quad one)—which, in turn, is likely to lead Sheila to increase her own disclosure (expanding her quad one). With this new interpersonal dynamic in place, there is not only a relief in the tension inherent in disjointed windows, but also an opportunity for both Kevin and Sheila to learn more about themselves (reducing the quad two for both of them).

                                  SHEILA                                                   KEVIN

Stabilized Interaction Model

This alternative model allows for selective movement of Quad Four material into Quad Three or selective disclosure of information about oneself to another person (movement of material from Quad Three to Quad One). There are no automatic changes in either Sheila or Kevin as a result of an expansion of Quad Three (such as Kevin’s non-shared impressions of Sheila). Kevin could expand his third quadrant by coming to fuller realization of the previously unconscious processes (Quad Four) influencing his relationship with Sheila. Quad Three, in other words, can expand and Quad Four shrink (when the disjointed model is applied) without impacting either the first or second quadrant.


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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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