Trigger-Action Plan, as opposed to Trigger-Action Pattern means the mental algorithm was voluntarily implemented.

Cognitive TAP means the trigger originates in the brain. For example "confusion" is a cognitive trigger, whereas "opening a door" is a physical one and "starting a discussion" is a social one.

For more info on TAPs, see: What are Trigger-Action Plans (TAPs)?

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Main motivation for asking: To document my TAPs

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Trigger: Think of a thing

Action: Capture it

Trigger: Feel a strong emotion

Action: say "I notice..."

Trigger: Feel the eyebrow scrunch that indicates confusion/prediction-violation

Action: think about the confusion

Trigger: Think about a non-central objection to an argument

Action: put myself in the least-convenient world



Meta: I plan to update this answer from now on when I implement new TAP

Last updated: 2020-04-27

Share ideas

Trigger: Have an idea

Action: Think where this idea should be documented (with a default of it being public) Rationale: Organizing and sharing information is a public good

Voice irrationality

Trigger: Feeling that I have an irrational motivation

Action: Voice the irrationality to others

Rationale: I often have the narrative that I'm aware of my irrational thoughts, and they don't influence my explicit conclusions. But I'm still concern they have an impact on my thinking. Voicing them allows me to make them real and fully acknowledge them and respond to them. If I free myself of more irrational thoughts, it might make more space for rational thinking. Date implemented: 2020-04-26