No Need to be Afraid to Ask Sensitive Questions

Johari Window
Knowledge Center

Forum
Jaap de Jonge
Editor, Netherlands

No Need to be Afraid to Ask Sensitive Questions

An interesting research by Hart, VanEpps and Schweitzer reveals that many people are hesitant to ask sensitive questions (for example about salary, lifestyle choices and relationships) to other people. Individuals avoid asking sensitive questions due to concerns about others' discomfort and due to impression management.
Even more interesting about all this is that consistently across 5 experiments, both personal and online, both with friends and with strangers, the other party did NOT perceive more discomfort than was the case if such questions were not asked.

That's a very important finding. Also for applying the Johari Window. If you are shy to ask (sensitive) questions (and share your personal information), you will not open up the window as much and you might miss important information.

Asking lots of questions is also key for learning, improves your thinking, makes you and the other party more open, makes both of you happier and perhaps even wiser. So no longer be afraid to ask questions, not even "sensitive ones". They are in fact sensitive only for you, but not for the other person!
Sources:
E. Hart, E. VanEpps and M.E. Schweitzer (2021), "The (Better Than Expected) Consequences of Asking Sensitive Questions", Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Volume 162, January 2021, pp. 136-154.
I. Stasiulionyte (2016), "6 Underlying Benefits of Asking Questions", Success.

  Donato ochan Hakim
CEO, South Sudan
 

No Need to be Afraid to Ask Sensitive Questions

Fear leads us to failure rather than to success and it is an obstacle to learning and creating relationships. So far I a...

  ganhi
Accountant, Cote Divoire (Ivory Coast)
 

The Manager's Role Regarding Sensitive Questions Asked by Employees

Thank you all for this platform that helps us to think outside the box to find some concrete solutions regarding our day...

  Alexey Timoshek
Russian Federation
 

Management Role in Trusting Their Team

Trust is the first and, probably, the most important pillar of real leadership. To build a really effective team, both t...

  Maurice Hogarth
Consultant, United Kingdom
 

Sensitive: Impertinent or Investigative Questioning?

There seem to be two aspects to "sensitive". 1. When there is a need for a line-senior / nominated specialist to probe ...

 

More on Johari Window:
Summary
Forum
Use of Johari Windows in Office as HR Manager.?
Fear of Eye Communication
The 4th Johari Window (Mystery) is Never Realized
Johari Window in 360 Degree Feedback
👀No Need to be Afraid to Ask Sensitive Questions
Communication and Johari Window in Health Care
🔥The Link Between Transformational Leadership (IC) and the Johari Window (Facade)
Johari Window in Case of Reserved Other Person
Special Interest Group

Do you have a keen interest in Johari Window? Become our SIG Leader

Johari Window
Knowledge Center



About 12manage | Advertising | Link to us / Cite us | Privacy | Suggestions | Terms of Service
2022 12manage - The Executive Fast Track. V15.8 - Last updated: 7-7-2022. All names of their owners.