The Power of Mental Models

Take a deep dive into The Power of Mental Models with this hand-curated series of 7 time-tested articles from around the web. We’ll guide you through, one link per day, in the app or in your inbox.

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Mental models help us make sense of the world. They give us a frame of reference when we encounter a new situation, and thus help us reduce complexity when we have to make decisions. The more mental models you know, and can apply to a certain situation, the more likely you'll have a useful one to make better decisions. This Deep Dive gives you a general understanding of what mental models are, and introduces you to some of the most important ones that you can use right away.

  • How to think better and 6 other articles
  • Average reading time: 7 minutes
  • Topics covered: decision making, better living, self improvement, learning, study
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Deep Dives are carefully hand-curated series of time-tested articles and videos from around the web.

We’ll guide you through, one link per day, in the app or in your inbox.

Deep Dives come in bites that are short enough to fit in your day...

...but add up to a satisfying learning experience.

A quick, and yet comprehensive introduction on mental models and how they help you think better.

The big overview, part 1. This list contains way more mental models than you'll be able to digest right now. Scroll through the list to get a «feel» for it, read about the ones that instantly sound interesting, and keep the list for reference.

Mental models are only useful if you pick the right one for the right situation. How do you know? That's what this article is about.

The big overview, part 2. Again, this list contains way more mental models than you'll be able to digest right now. Scroll through the list to get a «feel» for it, read about the ones that instantly sound interesting, and keep the list for reference.

Congratulations on completing this Deep Dive. Now the fun part begins: Start applying mental models in your daily life. You will soon realise: The more you practice, the easier it will be for you to find a fitting model for a situation at hand.


If you haven't saved them already, save the two big lists of mental models (from Farnam Street and Junto Investments). If you'd like to go deeper, or prefer books to go back to: Have a look at the Great Mental Models series.

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