Human Design with Mental Models

Human Design provides a deep understanding of one's innate nature and decision-making strategy, while mental models offer tools and frameworks for analyzing and understanding external situations. This combination leads to:

  1. Aligned Decision Making: Use your Human Design strategy to make decisions that feel correct for you, and then apply relevant mental models to analyze the situation and predict outcomes.
  2. Enhanced Self-Awareness: While Human Design provides insights into your innate design, mental models can highlight biases, patterns, and habitual ways of thinking that might not serve you.
  3. Interpersonal Strategy: Use Human Design to understand interpersonal dynamics and then apply mental models to navigate conflicts, collaborations, and communications more effectively.

Human Design

  1. Self-Understanding: Human Design is a system that combines aspects of the I Ching, astrology, Kabbalah, and the chakra system to provide a unique blueprint of an individual's design. By understanding your specific design type, strategy, and authority, you make decisions that are more aligned with your true nature.
  2. Decision Making: Each design type (Manifestor, Generator, Manifesting Generator, Projector, and Reflector) has a specific strategy for decision-making. By following your strategy, you make decisions with less resistance and more flow.
  3. Interpersonal Dynamics: Understanding not just your own design but also the designs of those around you can help in enhancing relationships, as you'll have a better idea of how different people operate and what they need.

Mental Models

  1. Structured Thinking: Mental models provide frameworks for understanding the world. They help in simplifying complex situations by offering a structured way to analyze and approach them.
  2. Problem Solving: Many mental models, like the Pareto Principle (80/20 rule) or First Principles Thinking, offer specific strategies for breaking down problems and finding solutions.
  3. Predictive Power: Some mental models, such as the Sunk Cost Fallacy or Confirmation Bias, can help in predicting outcomes based on certain behaviors or patterns.
  4. Broadening Perspective: Being aware of multiple mental models from different disciplines (economics, psychology, physics, etc.) allows for interdisciplinary thinking, which can lead to more holistic solutions and insights.

Organized thinking with Human Design

Navigate the intricate maze of external scenarios and dynamics with the power of mental models – structured frameworks that help simplify complex situations, predict outcomes, and foster interdisciplinary thinking. Human Design and mental models, these two elements provide a holistic guide. Not only does it empower individuals to make decisions that resonate with their inner selves, but it also equips them to better comprehend and interact with the world around them. This toolkit is an invaluable resource for those seeking to harmonize their inner nature with the external world, leading to a life of increased clarity, purpose, and alignment.

Opportunity Cost

Mental Model Explanation: The loss of potential gain from other alternatives when one alternative is chosen.

Align decisions with your Strategy & Authority in Human Design to ensure you're not missing better opportunities.

In Human Design, each type has its strategy for making decisions. Prioritize decisions that resonate with your inner authority.

Pareto Principle (80/20 Rule)

Mental Model Explanation: A principle suggesting that 80% of results come from 20% of efforts.

Based on which Centers in your Human Design chart are defined or undefined, prioritize areas where you inherently thrive.

First Principles Thinking

Mental Model Explanation: A method of reasoning that breaks down complex problems into basic underlying fundamentals.

Examine your Gates & Channels to distill problems to their essence and understand inherent strengths and challenges.


Mental Model Explanation: A strategy of looking at problems in reverse, considering what you want to avoid.

Recognize when you're operating from your Not-Self Themes and adjust your approach to align with your true design.

Regret Minimization Framework

Mental Model Explanation: Making decisions based on minimizing the regret you might feel in the future.

Make decisions that honor the tendencies of your Profile in Human Design to minimize future regret.

Sunk Cost Fallacy

Mental Model Explanation: The tendency to continue an endeavor once an investment in money, effort, or time has been made.

Be aware of where you're susceptible to conditioning, especially in your Open Centers, ensuring past investments don't unduly influence you.

Circle of Competence

Mental Model Explanation: Focusing on areas where you have expertise and avoiding areas outside of your knowledge realm.

Ensure decisions are made within the realm of your natural competencies, as indicated by your Definition in Human Design.

Pros and Cons Analysis

Mental Model Explanation: A decision-making technique that involves listing out all the positives and negatives associated with a decision.

If your Head & Ajna Centers are defined, you're likely analytical. Utilize this inherent ability in weighing the advantages and disadvantages of a decision.

Decision Fatigue Awareness

Mental Model Explanation: The deteriorating quality of decisions made by an individual after a long session of decision making.

For those with a defined Sacral Center, trust your gut responses ("uh-huh" or "uhn-uhn") to make quick decisions and avoid decision fatigue.

Second-Order Thinking

Mental Model Explanation: Thinking beyond the immediate consequences of an action to the subsequent effects of those actions.

Use the awareness from the Throat, Ajna Centers, and Head Centers to think multiple steps ahead and foresee subsequent effects of decisions.

10/10/10 Rule

Mental Model Explanation: Considering the consequences of a decision in 10 minutes, 10 months, and 10 years.

Tap into the G-Center to assess the long-term alignment of decisions with your identity and life direction.


Mental Model Explanation: A method of addressing fears by defining them, then making proactive strategies to mitigate them.

The Spleen Center, dealing with intuition and fear, plays a crucial role in addressing anxieties related to decisions.

Values Alignment

Mental Model Explanation: Making decisions based on personal values and beliefs.

The Heart/Will Center is about willpower and worth. Ensure that decisions resonate with what you truly value and desire.

Margin of Safety

Mental Model Explanation: Ensuring there's a buffer or safety net when making decisions, especially in uncertain scenarios.

Given the pressures from the Root Center, it's essential to build in a safety buffer in decisions.

Outside View

Mental Model Explanation: Seeking perspectives outside of one's current understanding to make more informed decisions.

Your specific design may thrive in certain environments. Seek feedback from environments and people that support your design.

By recognizing and integrating the wisdom of both Human Design and mental models, individuals can achieve a more holistic approach to life decision-making, ensuring choices resonate with both logic and their unique design.