Is Self-Awareness a Remote Dream?
I co-lectured in a workshop on leaders’ formation in Aqaba (South of Jordan) last week. The co-lecturer mentioned the Johari Window in his lecture. It was then the idea of this buzz spawned.
The Johari Window is represented in the image below. was originally created by Joseph Luft and Harry Ingham in 1955 as a tool to help people know their interpersonal communication and relationships.
Self-awareness is knowing in which quadrant a person falls into. If a person doesn’t something that is known to others the (s)he falls in the blind spot. In contrast, if same person knows something about himself that is unknown to others then (s)he falls in the hidden-self. If same person knows about self what is known to others as well then (s)he falls in the public quadrant. Unknown to self and the public as well, then the person falls into the unknown quadrant.
Two questions prompted me to write this buzz. The first one is related to the fact that the more we know, the less we know for we discover how much more we don’t know. The unknown quadrant gets bigger and bigger and self-awareness becomes less understood.
In formulating a strategy, we need to know where we stand to know where we are going. The paradox is that the more we know where our selves stand now becomes less-known as we get to know more about ourselves. Are we chasing a shadow?
The second question relates to the butterfly effect that have growing impact with time. Today, I re-read a great buzz that was shared by @Tricia Mitchell . The buzz titled “The Womb, The Home & The Workplace (Part 1)” discusses the effect of fear on babies in the womb and the impact this fear has on their lives afterwards. I commented on this buzz by “it is always great to read a thoughtful buzz again. I read yours and I pondered on "The effects of an absence of love in the womb and during childhood, especially the imprinting years (the first seven years of life), can extend far beyond the individual, and their community, it can have a global impact". This is a great illustration of the butterfly effect born in the womb. Small negligence that leads over time to the birth of a child filled with fear and hate to grow up and ruin the world. I believe this buzz is an eye-opener for all of us”.
The question is how can we be self-aware of what happened to us while we were still in the wombs of our mothers? How can we be self-aware of effects that started small and were allows to grow in us without realizing their seeds initiated in our mothers’ wombs?
I welcome your thoughts.
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