Parent Coach: Teaching Children and Parents How Self-Awareness Can Improve Relationships


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Honolulu (KHON2) – Parenting Coach Karen Gibson shares tips for teaching children and parents how self-awareness can improve relationships.

“Johari’s Window is a psychological tool that helps people better understand their own personalities and their relationships with others,” says parenting coach Karen Gibson. “The 4 quadrants are: open space, blind spot, hidden zone and unknown zone.”

Open Self: Traits known to you AND known to others.

Blind Self: Traits unknown to yourself BUT known to others.

Hidden Self: Traits known to yourself BUT unknown to others.

Unknown Self: Traits unknown to yourself AND unknown to others.

To teach Johari’s Window, ask your child:

How do they think others see them? Maybe they feel like others see them as shy.

After asking how a friend sees them, they may find that they had no idea their friends saw them in a certain way. There are certain traits that they can hide from others because they want to keep those traits a secret. These self-reflective questions provide insight and families might begin to better understand the personality traits of their siblings, which will impact how they communicate with each other.

Gibson adds, “Self-awareness helps children think and reflect on their actions and behavior, as well as step back and consider what others are going through in their environment. Self-awareness helps children learn from their mistakes, better accept criticism, listen to and understand the feelings of others.

Families can access Johari’s Window Assessment online.

Website: https://kevan.org/johari

The Parent Coach invites everyone to take the assessment and asks their friends and family to choose 5 or 6 adjectives that describe them. Seeing the overlap and differences will give insight into how they handle certain situations and learn how to avoid personality clashes.

Website: www.LettingGowithAloha.com

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