Pedro Arantesrose

Mental Models

Mental models are frameworks, worldview, representation, or explanation of how something works. They're how we understand the world.
Zettelkasten,April 06, 2021 (updated at April 10, 2021)


  • 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 problem.

  • Without mental models, you rely on your current emotions or instincts.

  • They're imperfect but useful.

  • The bigger your mental model toolbox, the more likely you're to have the right models to see reality.

    • If you look at the problem in a single way, 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.


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