Life Coaching Skill Development: Creating Awareness For Coaching Clients with The Johari Window

Life Coaching Skill Development: Creating Awareness For Coaching Clients with The Johari Window

Talyaa Vardar, MA, FCPC, MCC
Talyaa Vardar, MA, FCPC, MCC
Executive Coach, Psychologist & Art Therapist

One of the main ICF coaching competencies is creating awareness. Life coaching is effective in creating awareness and thus paradigm shift. When you change the way you think and see things, your experience and eventually your results change in a positive way.

At FLOW Coaching certification programs, we teach how to create awareness witin coaching sessions as well as through the coaching relationship. One of the useful tools that helps awareness is the Johari window.

The Johari window takes its name from the combined first names of its inventors: Joseph Luft and Harry Ingram. The four-paned window divides self-awareness into four different types: open, blind, hidden and unknown. You- as certified life coaches- can use the Johari Window as a tool at stimulating your client’s established habits of looking at and thinking about how they behave and what motivates them, giving them the opportunity for exploring areas of their life they may never have thought before.

The Johari Window:

Known to self Not known to self
Known to others Open Blind
Not known to others Hidden Unknown

Open area: What everyone knows about you and what I know about yourself. These aspects might include: Feelings, motivation, behaviours, wants, needs and factual information.

Blind area: Things others know and see about you, but you’re not aware of. Everyone has bliend spots. For example people see you as pretty or smart, but you are not aware of your quality.

Hidden area: Things only you know about yourself and keep from others. You may prefer to keep things to yourself since you care about your privacy. In this case your values are keeping you from sharing or revealing those, but in case you are not be able to express yourself to others or make some of your qualities visible to the important ones than life coaching can help.

Unknown area: Things you never have been able to recognise by yourself and no one else is aware of them either. You may now be aware of your hidden potential, and therefore that side of you might not be explored yet. For example somewhere in your child your music teacher told you that your voice is not good enough and you stopped singing, but you you met a vocal coach who helps people like you… then you developed singing abilities that surprised yourself and others.

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