|KNOWN TO SELF||UNKNOWN TO SELF|
|KNOWN TO OTHERS||the public self||the blind self|
|UNKNOWN TO OTHERS||the secret self||the unconscious self|
The public self is that part of ourselves which is available for all of us to see. The secret self, we admit to ourselves but keep from others. The blind self is seen by others but not known by ourselves and the unconscious self is unavailable to both ourselves and others, but may continue to influence our emotions and behaviour.
The aim of self-awareness is to increase the open, public self and decrease the other areas. We can reduce the blind self by feedback from others, and reduce the secret self by being more open. There are various ways we can work on our unconscious self, including counselling, through hypnosis or by examining our dreams.
From Counselling Skills In Context by SALLY ALDRIDGE and SALLY RIGBY