“Although people do not [always] behave congruently with their espoused theories [what they say], they do behave congruently with their theories-in-use [their mental models].” Chris Argyris (Harvard University)
Like all models, mental models are simplifications of reality. The problem is that mental models representing our most powerful assumptions and beliefs often become implicit and are not accessible to consciousness. They influence what we see and how we behave but their existence often remains silent in determining our lives. Our responsibility to us and others is to learn about ourselves so that we can begin to live our own life, not one that settles for what we believe was left after the imperatives of our early life have been naively internalized.
William D. Anton, Ph.D.