Nobody that I’ve met has had a great answer to how to get a mapping from concepts and frameworks to problems to solve, where their intuition brings the most salient, information-full frameworks and concepts to mind as soon as they encounter a problem. This is definitely how my brain seems to work and so improving this would lead to great outcomes.
The plan is to run this framework against problems in life systematically, until the models become an integral part of habitual thought. System 1 can do the work of aggregating their results after I see enough data, and the framework will expose the strongest ways to think about problems immediately.
What follows is a master list of this framework.
Behavioral Economics / Psychology
Loss / Risk / Uncertainty Aversion
Growth vs Fixed Mindset
System 1 / System 2
Ego (Positional Negotiation)
Environment as Main Determinant of Behavior (Social and Physical)
Assume that some options are eliminated
Prevention Focus vs Promotion Focus
When we consider the best and worst states, what context do we think exists?
Identify Aversive Factors
Steelman each idea
Cognitive Dissonance (Consistency plus Sour Grapes)
No Brainer (Do the Obvious Thing)
Maslow’s Hammer (The tools you have determine the solutions you see)
Opportunity Cost (Necessity of trade-offs)
Supply Demand (Scarcity, scarce resources)
Diminishing Marginal Returns
Option Value (Value in Exploration)
Comparative Advantage / Specialization
Deadweight Loss (Resource Misallocation)
Elasticity (First derivative, response magnitude of supply/demand to changing price)
Tragedy of the Commons (Free Rider Problem)
Moral Hazard / Principal Agent Problem
Check Derivative and Second Derivative, not just Objective Function
Principle Component Analysis
Antifragility (Gains from volatility)
Option (Short or long volatility)
Search for Objective Data to Inform Decisions
Conditional probabilities multiply - theorizing is extremely difficult
Power Law Distribution vs Normal Distribution
Law of Large Numbers (Poker style optimal play)
Bias / Variance
Tight / Aggressive approach to decisions
Pareto Principle (80/20 rule, Curate, Triage)
First Principles Foundational Thought
Consider the Meta Level
Problem of Induction / Empiricism
Simplicity (Occam’s Razor)
Positive / Negative Feedback
What would I think if I was another type of person? Different Identity?
When has this problem or approach been tried or solved in the past?
With social roles
With status levels
Systematize (Write an Algorithm / Process)
Divide and Conquer (Split problem into pieces)
Tree Structure (Graphical Structure)