Boost Spoken English-Johari Window Listening Practice Ep 632

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Can This Simple Tool Really Improve Your English and Help You Understand Yourself Better?

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Discover the Johari Window model while improving your English listening skills and expanding your vocabulary in this captivating lesson. Uncover hidden aspects of your personality and master English with this exciting adventure!

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  • 🚀 Accelerate your spoken English fluency with practical listening exercises
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  • 👂 Enhance your listening skills with real-world examples, making learning fun and relatable
  • 🎯 Master transitional words and phrases to keep your conversations smooth and engaging

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This approach not only helps you improve your English listening and comprehension skills, but also encourages personal growth and self-awareness. It provides a unique and engaging experience that differs from traditional language lessons, making it more enjoyable and beneficial for learners.

Know first who you are, and then adorn yourself accordingly.
⭐ Epictetus, Greek Stoic philosopher

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More About This Lesson

Welcome to a captivating lesson that combines psychology and English language learning! In this lesson, we'll explore the fascinating Johari Window model, a tool that helps you understand yourself and others better. As you dive into this intriguing psychological concept, you'll simultaneously improve your English listening skills and expand your vocabulary. Discover new words and expressions while delving into the mysterious aspects of your personality. Uncover hidden gems in your character and unlock your full potential, all while mastering the English language. Are you ready for this exciting adventure?

The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.
⭐ Carl Rogers, an influential American psychologist

This lesson is designed to improve your English listening skills and expand your vocabulary while engaging with an interesting psychological concept. By exploring the Johari Window model, you'll not only learn new words and expressions, but also gain insights into yourself and others. This combination of language learning and personal development can make the learning process more enjoyable and motivating for you as a student.

The Johari Window is a psychological tool that helps individuals gain self-awareness and improve interpersonal relationships. It can be beneficial for English language learners in several ways:

  • Self-awareness: The Johari Window allows learners to identify your strengths and weaknesses in language skills, making them aware of areas that need improvement. This self-awareness can lead to more focused and effective learning.
  • Feedback: By sharing your language skills with peers and teachers, learners can receive constructive feedback. This feedback, combined with self-reflection, helps them to better understand your language abilities and areas for growth.
  • Confidence: As learners become more aware of your language skills and progress, they build confidence in your ability to speak English. This confidence encourages them to practice more, leading to greater fluency.
  • Interpersonal communication: The Johari Window promotes effective communication and empathy, which are crucial in language learning. By understanding your own communication styles and adapting to others, learners can have more engaging and meaningful conversations in English.
  • Emotional intelligence: Utilizing the Johari Window can develop learners' emotional intelligence, enabling them to better understand and express emotions in English. This is an essential skill for fluency, as it aids in the accurate and natural use of the language in various social contexts.

Questions You Might Have...

This British English lesson is like a treasure hunt in the depths of your mind, using the Johari Window tool as a map to uncover hidden gems of self-awareness and communication skills. As you embark on this journey, you'll discover the power of effective listening and the beauty of understanding yourself and others in the process.

  1. What is the main psychological model discussed in this lesson? A: The Johari Window is the main psychological model discussed, which is a diagram divided into four equal parts representing different aspects of a person's self-awareness.
  2. How can the Johari Window help me in learning English? A: The Johari Window can help you understand different aspects of yourself, which can be helpful in identifying areas where you might need to improve your language skills or gain more self-awareness.
  3. Is it necessary to know other psychological theories mentioned in the lesson? A: No, it's not necessary to know other theories like Transactional Analysis or Bowlby's Attachment Theory for this lesson, but they can be interesting to explore if you are curious.
  4. How can I improve my understanding of the Johari Window and its concepts? A: Listen to the podcast multiple times until you can comfortably understand all of it, and try to identify aspects of yourself in each quarter of the diagram.
  5. Can I apply the concepts of the Johari Window to other areas of my life? A: Yes, you can apply the concepts of the Johari Window to different areas of your life, such as personal growth, self-awareness, and understanding your relationships with others.
  6. What is the Johari Window and how does it relate to English listening practice? A: The Johari Window is a psychological model that helps people understand themselves and their relationships with others. In English listening practice, this tool is used to make the learning process engaging by combining language skills development with interesting psychological concepts.
  7. How can the Johari Window improve my English listening skills? A: By listening to a lesson that discusses the Johari Window, you'll be exposed to new vocabulary and sentence structures. This will help you enhance your listening comprehension and overall language abilities.
  8. How often should I listen to the Johari Window English lesson to see improvement? A: To maximize the benefits, listen to the lesson multiple times until you can understand it comfortably and with ease. Repeated exposure will help you retain the new information and improve your listening skills.
  9. Can I use the Johari Window English lesson to improve my speaking skills as well? A: Yes, by practicing speaking about the concepts discussed in the lesson, you can enhance your speaking abilities, expand your vocabulary, and boost your fluency.
  10. Is the Johari Window English lesson suitable for all levels of English learners? A: The lesson is designed to be accessible and engaging for a wide range of English learners. However, it may be more suitable for intermediate and advanced learners who have a basic understanding of English vocabulary and grammar.
  11. How can I apply the Johari Window concepts to my English learning journey? A: Reflect on your own strengths and weaknesses in English, and use the Johari Window as a tool to identify areas for improvement. This self-awareness can help you focus on aspects that need more attention in your learning process.
  12. Are there any additional resources available to support the Johari Window English lesson? A: Adept English offers a variety of listening lessons and a free English course on the website, which can complement the Johari Window lesson and support your language learning journey.
  13. How can I share my thoughts and feedback on the Johari Window English lesson? A: You can share your feedback by leaving comments on the lesson page, engaging in online discussions, or reaching out to the Adept English team through the Adept English website or social media channels like YouTube comments.
  14. Can I find more English lessons that combine language learning with psychology or other interesting topics? A: Adept English offers many lessons that cover a wide range of topics, including psychology, culture, science, and more. You can explore the Adept English website or podcast to find lessons that interest you and support your language learning goals.
  15. How do I access the Johari Window English lesson and other Adept English resources? A: You can access the lesson through the Adept English podcast or website. Additionally, you can subscribe to the Adept English "Learn English Through Listening" podcast on popular platforms like Spotify, Apple Podcasts, or Google Podcasts to receive updates on new lessons and resources.

Most Unusual Words:

  • Psychotherapy: a method of treating mental and emotional problems by talking about them with a trained professional
  • Mundane: ordinary, not interesting, or related to everyday activities
  • Perceive: to see, notice, or understand something, especially using the senses or the mind
  • Insight: a deep understanding of a person or thing
  • Unconscious: not known, thought about, or controlled by the conscious mind
  • Mountaineering: the activity of climbing mountains for sport or adventure
  • Therapy: the treatment of physical or mental illness without using drugs or surgery, often by talking, exercise, or activities
  • Provoking: causing a reaction, especially a strong or negative one
  • Jargon: special words or expressions used by a particular group or profession that are difficult for others to understand
  • Neuroscience: the scientific study of the nervous system, including the brain

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Transcript: Boost Spoken English-Johari Window Listening Practice

Let’s Discover the Johari Window - a piece of psychological theory

Hi there. Let’s cover a tiny bit of psychological theory today. We know that you like a bit of psychology or psychotherapy theory in your Adept English language learning podcast. And we haven’t done any for a while. We touched on Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs in a recent podcast - when talking about ‘hobbies’ That’s podcast number 603 - called ‘Unlocking Your Happiness While Listening and Learning English’. And a number of you were interested in that. So what about today we look at another simple psychological model? You may know this one already or you may not. But here goes - a bit of personal insight work alongside your English language learning. Obviously, listen to this podcast a number of times so that your brain can learn the words and the vocabulary.

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Where did the Johari Window come from?

So this psychological model is called ‘a Johari Window’. So that’s a ‘window’, WINDOW like the kind you look through, that has glass in it. Except this one is just a square, a diagram, with four equal parts. ‘Johari’ sounds like a name or a word from another language, but actually the explanation is much more mundane. The people who invented the Johari Window, that’s JOHARI were called Joseph Luft and Harry Ingham - so ‘Johari’ is just the combination of their first names. And this was something that they thought up in 1955. When it comes to Neuroscience, I like the latest research. But when it’s psychological theory, there were some really good ones thought up in the 1950s and 1960s and they’re just as useful today. Things like ‘Transactional Analysis’ or TA or ‘Bowlby’s Attachment Theory’ - just as important today as when they were thought up. If you don’t know these theories, don’t worry - it’s not important for this podcast. But if you’d like me to talk through them, these psychological theories in a future podcast, then let me know and I will!

The Johari Window - ‘the Open Area’

So the Johari Window today. In 1955 Joseph Luft and Harry Ingham came up with this model, this diagram of a person - me or you maybe. So in this window that’s made up of four squares, the top left quarter of the diagram is labelled ‘The Open Area’ and this includes things about me that are ‘known by me’ and ‘Known by others’. So it’s intended to represent the information about a person, which is freely known, freely available. An example would be - my name is Hilary, and I write record the Adept English Podcast. You know that I’m a psychotherapist and that I teach English. And you would be right if you assumed from my appearance on the video that I’m female! You also know, if you listen to the podcast that I have three children, who’re largely grown up. So this is information that I share happily, that I let people know about me.

The Johari Window - ‘the Hidden Area’

If we then move to the bottom left quarter of the Johari Window, this is called ‘the Hidden Area’. ‘Hidden’, HIDDEN - comes from the verb ‘to hide’, HIDE. If you ‘hide’ something, it means that you don’t let anyone know about it or you put it where nobody can see it. So this square on the diagram represents information about me which is ‘known by me’, but ‘not known by others’. So like anyone else, there are plenty of things I know about myself, which you don’t. Some because they’re just not interesting enough to tell you about - like what I had for breakfast, or what’s in my pocket. And some things because they’re private - things I wouldn’t want you to know about me. So we all have a part of ourselves that we know, but which others don’t know. A lot of the time, this will include our private thoughts about other people or about the world, the thoughts and ideas that we have that we don’t share, that we don’t voice. There are probably things that we’ve done that no one else knows about - and we prefer it that way. But largely the things are just too mundane to share. The word ‘mundane’, MUNDANE means ‘ordinary, not interesting, every day’. So this ‘Hidden Area’ is the private self that we all have, that we know, but we don’t allow others to know.


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The Johari Window - ‘the Blind Area’

If we go again to the top half of the diagram but this time to the right hand side, we have what’s called ‘The Blind Area’. And this represents ‘information about a person’ that is ‘not known by the person themselves’, but which ‘is known and seen and by other people’. The word ‘blind’, BLIND means ‘you cannot see’. If you have a disability which means that you can’t see, you might be described as ‘blind’. It might also be used, this word, in a clinical trial, a scientific experiment. Say you’re testing a drug and some people are on the drug, some people are on placebo. It might be called ‘a double blind trial’ - in that people doing the trial and participants in the trial don’t know which group are getting the real drug and who’s getting the placebo. But here on the Johari Window, this word ‘blind’ or ‘the Blind Area’ means the things about you, which others perceive, which are ‘known by other people’, but which you are blind to. It’s as though you’re wearing a T shirt, with a slogan on the back, with words that other people can read, but you’re unaware of. I think it’s very often the case in life, that other people understand, perceive, see things about a person which are true, but which the person themselves doesn’t know, hasn’t realised. It’s certainly true in psychotherapy - the therapist might be quite sure what the client’s problem is early on, but the client isn’t aware and timing that information, that feedback needs care. Or an example of this ‘Blind Area’ might be that in one of my Adept English videos, you hear me make a mistake with a word and I’m unaware of it. Or perhaps you look at the video and think ‘Ooh, Hilary looks a bit tired today’ - again and I’m unaware of it. Or maybe my hair is sticking up at the back and I haven’t noticed, but you notice. Often other people have a real sense of the parts of a person’s character, how they’re likely to react in a given situation - without the person themselves necessarily knowing it. Or if someone is being difficult and you can see that this is because they’re upset or tired or hungry or overwhelmed, but they haven’t realised this yet. That would be an example of the information that sits in ‘the Blind Area’, about a person, known by others, but not known by the self.

The Johari Window - the ‘Unknown Area’

The final quarter of this Johari Window - you’ve guessed it, is the ‘Unknown Area’. So this is bottom right. And this represents ‘the things about me that I don’t yet know - and you don’t know them either’. All of us have hidden parts, hidden depths, hidden capacities - things which are true about us, but we don’t know them yet. We might never know them. How will we react in a particular situation? We don’t know because it hasn’t happened. And we all have capacities, abilities, potential maybe that we haven’t yet discovered - and which no one else knows is there either.

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How the Johari Window is useful

So given all of this - you might decide you want to know yourself better. You might want to move those lines, move the boundaries on this diagram to understand yourself better, so more is known about yourself. If you decided you’re going to go mountaineering - it’s a challenge and you’ve never done it before, you may discover you have hidden strengths, hidden capacities that you didn’t know you had, and nobody else did either. You might be reducing the size of that fourth area, on the diagram, on the Johari Window, ‘the Unknown Area’. More of that would become known. If you decide to try to understand yourself and your behaviour better, you might read psychological books to gain insight - that means ‘knowledge about yourself’. And in this case, you’d be reducing ‘the Blind Area’ and increasing either ‘the Hidden Area’, or ‘the Known Area’ - if you told other people about it anyway. And if you’re really brave, you might go to therapy to discover yourself and if you’re especially brave, you might go into group therapy, where other people will make you aware of things about you, which they can see, but which you didn’t know. Either way the ‘Blind Area’ would reduce and that ‘Open Area’ would increase. That all means ‘greater self-knowledge, greater self-awareness’.

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So I think that this is quite an interesting way to represent it on a diagram. It’s a simple diagram, a simple model but it makes use of the idea that we all have ‘unconscious parts’, parts of ourselves which we don’t know about or which we don’t know are there. I think the particularly ‘unsettling’ part of this diagram for most people is the idea that other people can see things about us, which we can’t - our ‘Blind Areas’. Always good to work on them! I think this Johari Window presents us with some interesting ideas and it might be useful to try to identify some things about you in each quarter of this diagram.

Give us feedback and don’t forget to listen to this podcast lots of times to improve your English!

Give me feedback on this - did you know this model, this diagram already? Did you understand it from my description? And was it useful or thought-provoking? There are lots more where this came from! So let me know if you would like more. But of course first and foremost, use this for your English language listening practice - listen a number of times to this podcast until you can understand all of it, with comfort and with ease.


Enough for now. Have a lovely day. Speak to you again soon. Goodbye.

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