Mental Models I Find Repeatedly Useful
Gabriel Weinberg
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Unfortunately I haven’t yet had time to read through in detail. One important model you are missing though… the concept of overshoot.

In my words, this is the concept that in everything that happens in the world, it will happen too much before a steady state is reached. Fads (in fashion, tech, etc) are an extreme example of this concept. During a fad, many users start purchasing and using a particular things. Then after some time, the number of users decreases significantly before a steady state user base is formed.

I learned the concept in different ways in biology, then electrical engineering courses, then finance courses. But I have since realized that this concept applies in every single aspect of life, from stock market corrections to fashion.

Wikipedia lists a few examples here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Overshoot

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