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Mental Model: The Culture Code

After writing about using words to your advantage in life and business, I began thinking of one of my all-time favorite mental models.  It comes from legendary marketing psychologist Clotaire Rapaille, who wrote about it in his treatise “The Culture Code“. Before we get into that, let me say that Dr. Clotaire Rapaille caught my attention so…

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Mental Model by Joshua Kennon

Mental Model: Intergenerational Transmission and What It Has to Do With Adrian Peterson Beating His Child

Mental Model: Intergenerational Transmission and What It Has to Do With Adrian Peterson Beating His Child A huge percentage of the people in this community are fans of the mental model concept – ideas, like tools, that can be used to analyze, study, and understand both why and how something is happening – made popular by Charles…

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Hurricanes with Female Names Kill More Deadly

Study Claims Hurricanes with Female Names More Deadly Because People Take Them Less Seriously

Whether identifying changes in public policy that could do exponential good or revealing internal assumptions about the way the world works, mental models are the best construct I’ve ever come across to categorize, analyze, study, document, and reflect upon the universe.  Yesterday, The Washington Post published an example of cognitive bias when it detailed how how subconscious beliefs can…

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Mental Model by Joshua Kennon

Mental Model – Signaling Theory

One of the biggest mental model obsessions I’ve had for the past few years – so consuming that I rarely even mention it in public, and hardly ever on this site as I am still working on fully grasping the implications and mechanics – is something called signaling theory.  The gist of signaling theory is that at all times, in all situations, you are broadcasting aspects of your identity, beliefs, personality, and lifestyle to the people around you, often with significant social implications.  It exerts such a strong pull on civilization that I consider it second only to the social proof mental model in importance.  It interacts with other mental models so efficiently, it often goes unnoticed.

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Ayds Diet Pills

How the Mere Association Mental Model Destroyed a Perfectly Good Diet Business

In the 1930’s and 1940’s, the Carlay Company in Chicago, Illinois developed a candy coated dietary suppressant called Ayds.  It sold the business to Campana Corporation.  Campana was then sold to Dow Chemical.  In the 1960’s, Dow sold the business to Purex and hired legendary Hollywood stars and other celebrities to endorse the product.  In…

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Supersitious Religious Beliefs

The 7 Great Cult Beliefs That Have Arisen Throughout Human History

Warning: This is the working essay I promised to release earlier tonight.  It deals with certain common cult beliefs that arise throughout human history and civilizations.  It contains mature themes, images, and concepts.  It was written for myself as a way to process and understand these recurring patterns.  Due to the length of the essay, I…

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Did Leona Helmsley Have Narcissistic Personality Disorder? I have no idea. There can be little doubt that she displayed some traits that were narcissistic.

A Study In Paradox: Leona Helmsley Illustrates That Destructive Traits Such as Narcissism Can Sometimes Lead to Fantastic Life Results

This is the second in a three-part post on narcissism; the topic du jour for our mental model study. We’ve been talking about narcissism for the past few days and one interesting thread that comes up throughout history is that narcissism, despite being horribly destructive and disruptive, can work, in rare situations, in the favor…

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