My Hidden Self

Let me explore a little psychological a rabbit trail. In 1955 two psychologists named Luft and Ingham developed a psychological grid they named The Johari Window. They developed this grid to help people better understand how they communicated and related to others in the real world. The Johari Window has four boxes, with each box representing aspects of what is true about the totality of a person. You add up all four boxes and you have a sense of the full reality of an individual. The four boxes are:

  • Arena Self The part of us that is known to us, and clearly manifest to others.
  • Façade Self The part of us that is known to us, but unseen & unknown to others.
  • Blind SelfThe part of us that is unseen and unknown to us, but clearly seen and known to others.
  • Unknown SelfThe part of us that is unseen and unknown to us and to others.

I present Luft and Ingham’s observations to illustrate the fact that we are blind to certain realities about ourselves. I’m haunted by the mere idea of possessing a Blind or Unknown self because it is extremely uncomfortable to think there are even more awkward truths about me that I still know nothing about. It’s hard to think that I’m still going to discover new information about myself that will challenge what I’ve always thought to be true about myself. I’m very uncomfortable with the whole idea, but I desperately need to see what yet remains unknown to me.

Are you in a season where you’re facing some aspect of your blind self? Is your response to this new information to say, “That’s not true. You don’t know what you’re talking about”? Or are you facing the new information with a desire to hear the truth no matter how hard it is to hear? Hosea 7 comes from the mouth of a God who is the only one who really knows our Unknown self, a God who loves us so much that He’ll reveal our blind spots. Tomorrow I’m going to look at vs. 1-7.

About Andy Lewis

Andy is an author, pastor, and musician who lives in Santa Cruz California. Currently he serves as lead pastor at Faith Community Church in Santa Cruz
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