Top Left Mood

by Jacob Falkovich1 min read24th Jul 20182 comments


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Exploring the missing mood in the predictive processing model, which conveniently helps explain everything I believe in.

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This bidimensional model is weird.

  • I can imagine pure mania: assigning a 100% probability to everything going right
  • I can imagine pure depression: assign a 100% probability to everything going wrong
  • I can imagine pure anxiety: a completely flat probability distribution of things going right or wrong

But I can't imagine pure top left mood. This lead me to think that the mood square is actually a mood triangle, and that there is no top left mood, only a spectrum of moods between anxiety and mania.

I'm with you - I consider myself (and have been called by others) an incredibly optimistic cynic.