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.