What can our image tell us about who we really are? It’s always an interesting concept to consider how well we know ourselves. Every now and again I manage to surprise myself when I find out something that I never knew before. I mean, how is this possible? You would think that having lived with myself for a sum total of 29 years that I would at least understand myself inside out. However it’s only when I step out of my box to view myself through someone else’s eyes, that I get to complete the picture of who I really am.
Johari’s window tells us that it’s all about perspective. You might have seen the diagram above before – it’s called Johari’s window. It is a psychological technique developed by Joseph Luft and Harrington Ingham in 1955 to help us understand our relationship with ourselves and others. In terms of using this approach to look at our image, there are a few things to consider. The public box reflects what we are comfortable with others seeing and communicating with i.e. the crisp ironed work shirt or full make-up face. The private box contains our own thoughts and perceptions on our looks and how we feel inside i.e. how presentable/attractive we perceive ourselves to be. The blind box shows what others see in us that we are not aware of yet – this is the area where you can act and invest to develop your knowledge. Finally and most excitingly, the unknown box holds your potential for the future.
So how can my image tell me more? Learning about your image opens up the right side of the window for you. While we might know that a certain top or shirt always earns us compliments from others, we might not necessarily know why it works for us – hence the need to inform the blind side. Understanding how colours and cuts work for you can help to explain this. This knowledge will increase your awareness of your public self and heighten your personal impact as you make your style work for you. Knowing that you look the part will increase your confidence – which underpins your body language and non-verbal communication – enabling you to embrace the unknown and step into your potential.
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