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Relative Thinking

Book: Seeking Wisdom
  • Humans notice things in relation to other things

  • An example of a human mental model

  • This makes them vulnerable to anchoring

  • Superior options are judged against nearby inferior options.

  • Ex: Envy of a friend succeeding

  • This is also the reason behind contrasting

  • An antidote is to be clear about your base levels

    • i.e. Think in absolutes