Self-awareness is having a clear perception of your personality – physical, mental, emotional, behavioral, and spiritual aspects. This includes your strengths, weaknesses, thoughts, beliefs, knowledge, experience, skills, emotions, behaviors, attitudes, feelings, motivations, and views. Self-awareness allows you to understand yourself more, how other people perceive you, and how you relate and respond to them. Such knowledge enables you to make changes in your personality that can improve the direction in your life and lead you to success in your studies, career, relationships, and other activities.
Self awareness is developed through practice in focusing your attention on the details of your personality and behavior.
The Johari Window
The Johari Window is a widely used model for understanding and training self-awareness, personal development, improving communications, interpersonal relationships, group dynamics, team development, and inter-group relationships. It was devised by American psychologists, Joseph Luft and Harry Ingham in 1955 while they were researching group dynamics at the University of California.
The Johari Window is like a window with four panes.
1. *what is known by you and others about yourself – open area, open self, free area, free self, or ‘the arena’ 2. *what is unknown by you but others know about yourself- blind area, blind self, or ‘blindspot’ 3. *what you know about yourself that others do not know – hidden area, hidden self, avoided area, avoided self or ‘facade’ 4. *what is unknown by you and others about yourself; part of yourself that is yet to be discovered; ex. a potential, skill, or a goal that you were not aware of before but become aware of now as a result of your reflection or introspection – unknown area or unknown self