Mental Models | Cedric Chin

A mental model is a simplified representation of the most important parts of some problem domain that is good enough to enable problem solving. The three categories include:

  1. Frameworks
  2. Thinking tools
  3. Mental representations

Synthesizing models across multiple disciplines further empowers them.

All humans think in terms of mental models. Piaget’s research establishes that when a toddler is learning to walk, they build a mental model of their body in their brains. Humans learn new concepts by extending mental models they already have in their heads. 

Everything is a system and every system has rules. If you can figure out the rules of the system, then you can play to win. Mental models help you understand and apply the rules of any system.


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