Playing with Models 2
Fragments from imaginary dialogues
“What’s the essence of the chunking-down model?”
“Breaking down a problem into smaller pieces to make it more manageable?”
“The essence of the model is making smaller.
Depending on the nature of the problem, there’s two useful approaches:
– making the problem be smaller – structural
– making the problem appear smaller – representational“
“So breaking down the problem is the structural approach.”
As concerns the representational approach, you’re working with representations and representational-models [<link; medium read].
For instance, you can play with the object metaphoric-model, seeing the problem as an object.
This opens up several useful metaphoric-models:
The size model – enlarging/shrinking
You can mentally…
– shrink the problem, or
– enlarge yourself in relation to the problem.
The distance model – moving towards/away-from
You can mentally distance yourself from the problem, thus making it appear smaller.
The contrasting model
You can compare it with something much larger, thus achieving the same effect.”