What is a mental model and why it matters? here's a simple explanation🧠

Wisdom Letter #91

Hi 🙋‍♂️

What’s up, hope you are doing fine.

Today we are talking about Mental Models.

Let’s get into it👇

The simplest way to look at mental models😎

We wrote a blog post this week about mental models.

“Mental models” is a term thrown around a lot these days. But most of the literature around them is very complex and too academic for our taste.

Even if you understand a few models, it becomes hard to actually apply them.

Our attempt with this post is to make it the simplest explanation of mental models on the internet.

Here’s what the article contains:

  1. A relatable definition and explanation.

  2. One simple mental model which all of us understand from our childhood days.

  3. 4 different, but obvious applications of the same model.

  4. 1 set of use cases where that model doesn’t work.

Hope you will enjoy the post.👇

Mental models and why they matter

🔗 Related

We look at mental models as an antidote to cognitive biases.

Biases are like limitations of your brain.

And models are like a tool to overcome our cognitive limitations.

Last month we wrote a post discussing cognitive biases as well. Do check it out as well 👉 The 5 Most Important Cognitive Biases Holding You Back

📚 Further reading

Over the next few weeks, we will be diving deeper into mental models. Picking a few and writing in-depth posts around them.

For that, we are referring to a varied set of resources.

This is a short list of blogs and books you should check out:

  1. 🧾 The Farnam Street Blog

  2. 📙 The FS Books - The Great Mental Models

  3. 📘 Super Thinking: The Big Book of Mental Models - by Gabriel Weinberg , Lauren McCann

Also, check out Sahil Bloom on Twitter. He is an expert at writing super threads that add massive value.

This is his thread of threads about 5 most powerful mental models👇

Thank you for reading🙏

Hope you enjoyed today’s mail.

See you next week.


Ayush & Aditi