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Mental Models

Mental models are frameworks, worldviews, representations, or explanations of how something works. They're how we understand the world.
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Zettelkasten, April 06, 2021
## Notes - Mental models are frameworks, worldviews, representations, or explanations of how something works. They're how we understand the world. - They shape the connections we create among systems. - They're thinking tools that we use to solve problems and make decisions. - They help us overcome the [hyperbolic discounting](/zettel/hyperbolic-discounting) problem. - Without mental models, you rely on your current emotions or instincts. - They're imperfect but helpful. - The bigger your mental model toolbox, the more likely you're to have the suitable models to see reality. - If you look at the problem individually, you've got a blind spot. - For instance, imagine that there is a party. We can see it in these ways: - Business: the profit by selling invitations or drinks. - Psychology: the music and the mood it creates on the participants. - Anthropology: the human interactions with the party and others. ## References - [James Clear. Mental Models: Learn How to Think Better and Gain a Mental Edge](https://jamesclear.com/mental-models) - [fs. Mental Models: The Best Way to Make Intelligent Decisions (~100 Models Explained)](https://fs.blog/mental-models/) - [Julian Shapiro. Mental models](https://www.julian.com/blog/mental-model-examples) ## Backlinks - [The Four-Criteria Model for Choosing Actions in the Moment](/zettel/the-four-criteria-model-for-choosing-actions-in-the-moment)
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