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.”


About Dani Trusca

Life-Artist, Thinker, Mover (Traceur)

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