A mental model is a simplified way of understanding how something works. It is a representation of reality that we use to understand and make decisions about the world around us.
Mental models are frameworks, worldviews, representations, or explanations of how something works. They're how we understand the world.
They're thinking tools that we use to solve problems and make decisions.
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.
- James Clear. Mental Models: Learn How to Think Better and Gain a Mental Edge
- fs. Mental Models: The Best Way to Make Intelligent Decisions (~100 Models Explained)
- Julian Shapiro. Mental models