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Assignment 8 - Matthew Thompson Journal Entry # 8 Section #...

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Matthew Thompson Journal Entry # 8 Section # 4 The Johari Window model was devised by American psychologists Joseph Luft and Harry Ingham in 1955 while researching at the University of California Los Angeles. It is a useful tool for describing human interaction on multiple levels, including self-awareness, interpersonal relationships between individuals within a group, and even a group’s relationship with other groups. The model is divided into 4 sections. The open/free area is what is known by the person about him/herself and is also known by others. The blind area is what is unknown by the person about him/herself but which others know. The hidden/private area is what the person knows about him/herself that others do not know. Finally, the unknown area is what is unknown by the person about him/herself and is also unknown by others. As all four quadrants are related, different types of information exchange leads to the reduction of one area and the consequent increase in another area. This process can be exemplified by an experience in my own life. I played soccer since I was very little, and by the end of every season the group dynamic of the team had changed much from what it was at the start. In the beginning, the open/free area was small because the players knew little about each other, and thus teamwork was low because they had not yet learned to adjust their playing styles to fit their team mates’ skill sets. But as the season progressed the players came to know more and more about each other: who they could depend on to score goals, who could best organize the defensive line, who could capitalize on set plays, etc. Thus as the team members began to rely on each other and work together, the open area became larger and larger and the other areas shrunk. The common principle was that as the team matured and communications improved, so performance improved too, as less energy was
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spent on internal issues and clarifying understanding and more effort was devoted to external aims and productive output. One definition of ‘power’ is the ability to influence the behavior of others. This ability may be derived from many different things, which leads into the principle that there are 5 different categories of power, or power bases. Legitimate power is the power of position. Coercive power is the power of fear, such as power gained from blackmailing. A reward base
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This note was uploaded on 02/08/2012 for the course EECE 213 taught by Professor Mendenhall during the Spring '11 term at Vanderbilt.

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