As I considered my last post, I wondered if the intersecting centers of all my diagrams represented a “blind spot”, a fifth thing that I have been consistently overlooking. Searching on Google for the topic (besides finding the new television show of the same name), I stumbled on the Johari Window.
The Johari Window is a simple four-fold table that considers what an individual knows and doesn’t know about herself, versus what everyone else knows or doesn’t know.
So, the quadrants are as follows:
Hidden self: Known by self but unknown by others (also called facade)
Public self: Known by self and known by others (also called open or free area, or arena)
Blind self: Unknown by self but known by others (also called blind spot)
Unknown self: Unknown by self and others (unknown but perhaps knowable, also unconscious)
The idea is that the public self can enlarge, and include things from all three of the other selves, and so diminish them. Because having more openness in our selves, as well as less hiddenness, blind-spotness, and unknownness, is a good thing.
And I’m glad the blind spot is really just one of the four things of the Johari Window, so I haven’t left anything out!
Also remember “The Blind Spot: lectures on logic” by Jean-Yves Girard.