Wednesday, May 09, 2012


Multiple Mindsets

What is a Mindset

From Wikipedia:

“In decision theory and general systems theory, a mindset is a set of assumptions, methods, or notations held by one or more people or groups of people that is so established that it creates a powerful incentive within these people or groups to continue to adopt or accept prior behaviors, choices, or tools. This phenomenon of cognitive bias is also sometimes described as mental inertia, "groupthink", or a "paradigm", and it is often difficult to counteract its effects upon analysis and decision making processes.

On the positive side a mindset can also be seen as incident of a person's Weltanschauung or philosophy of life. For example there has been quite some interest in the typical mindset of an entrepreneur.”

See also

• Attitude

• Cognitive bias

• Confirmation bias

• Infrastructure bias

• Meme and Memetics

• Paradigm

• Einstellung effect

• Entrepreneurial mindset

• Philosophy of Life

• Weltanschauung

From my own ideas:

Mindset: A collection of roles, missions and functions, conscious or unconscious rules, assumptions, aphorisms, decisions, conclusions, facts, truths and suppositions derived from education, convention, custom and experience that determine further attitudes, conclusions, decisions and actions of a person or group of persons. On the negative side, a mindset can be a cognitive bias; on the positive side a mindset can be a philosophy of life or Weltanshauung.

Assertion: a person or a group can, and even must, hold multiple mindsets simultaneously, usually in line with the many roles, functions, and missions that individuals and groups must cope with in life.

Example: a religious mindset and a scientific mindset held simultaneously by one person are readily evident in the history of both religion and science, and for that matter, philosophy, politics and literature as well.

Example: The various roles and functions a woman must hold in life as: wife; mother; working woman; lover; companion; housekeeper; educator; decorator; gardener; thinking person, religious person; political person and citizen; (to name a few) argue that she must hold almost simultaneously each of the mindsets that govern these roles. One might say that she must hold a composite or super-mindset that covers her various roles, and each of the sub-mindsets must be treated as needed.

Having asserted that a person must learn and hold multiple mindsets at the ready to succeed in their life’s endeavors, a key problem in doing so is the balancing act needed to apportion sufficient effort into each role, mission, function and accompanying mindset.

The husband, for example, has multiple roles and missions too and hence must hold multiple mindsets simultaneously just as his wife does (and hopefully in synchronization with his wife!). For the man, his working mindset or mindsets must be offset by his roles and functions or mindsets as: father; lover; companion; citizen; educator; thinking person; financial manager; religious person; political person; handyman; gardener, and so on, thus he, too, must have a super-mindset to manage his sub-mindsets!



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