The Johari Window

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Self awareness is knowing oneself, including one's traits, feelings, behaviors, and knowing your limitations of what type of situations that you may encounter in the workplace. When you are self aware it can help you maintain objectivity and help you in different circumstances. Developing self awareness can help you to recognize when we are stressed or under pressure. It is often a effective communication and interpersonal relations, and developing empathy for others. The best way to get yourself to be more self-aware is to look at yourself through the Johari Window, it shows you things about yourself the way people see you and how you see yourself.

The Johari Window is the framework for understanding the self and a template for increasing self awareness. It shows you parts of yourself that you never knew existed, the blind self shows you things that other people notice that you may or may not have seen about yourself.

The free area is things you already know about yourself. The hidden areas are things that you don't want people to know about you because it's personal or issues that you have that you have dealt with but may still effect you with some situations. The Johari Window and self awareness go hand in hand, to be aware of yourself you have to look at how other people perceive you and being aware of things you do and that helps you become more self aware. The Johari Window model is a simple and useful tool for illustrating and improving self awareness, and understanding between individuals within a group.

The benefits of being self aware is you knowing your limits, what you can do and what you can not. You can be objective and you will increase your ability to communicate effectively. Social Service Worker...