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The Johari Window was invented by Joseph Luft and Harrington Ingham in the 1950s as a model for mapping personality awareness. By describing yourself from a fixed list of adjectives, then asking your friends and colleagues to describe you from the same list, a grid of overlap and difference can be built up.
My List Friend’s List
#1 Caring #1 Loving
Using your completed Self-Concept Inventory, you will write a 2-3 page typed, double spaced, 12 point Times New Roman font essay about how, or from where your self-concept either developed or is nurtured by 1, 2, 3, 4, or all 5 things on your Part I list. This is an essay, so do not simply answer the guiding questions below in a bullet format. You should include the following information:
- Were you surprised by any of the information that you discovered from your rankings or what you said in your two sentences? Why or why not?
- Select an item from your list that you believe is related to reflected appraisal.** Explain how that item is connected to your self-image (e.g., to whom is the item connected and how does it contribute to the reflected appraisal? Was that person a significant other?), giving specific examples.
- Select one item from your list that you believe is connected to social comparison. Social comparison happens when you select a reference group (e.g., your first grade classmates) and compare yourself to them. Explain how the item you selected is connected to social comparisons, giving specific examples.
- What insight to yourself did you gain through this assignment?
This reaction essay must be a minimum of two full pages. You should include more detail than just answering the questions above (e.g., “No, I wasn’t surprised” will not suffice as an answer to the first item.) This essay should follow the standard mechanics of a college essay. College level writing is expected or your grade will be greatly reduced.
**Reflected Appraisal is the reflection we see of the perception or “appraisal” other people have of us. It contributes to how we think, talk, and act about ourselves. It is just one element that helps form our self concept.