Extreme Events Assessment

Welcome to the Fragile / Antifragile and Paradigm shift assessment. The purpose of this assessment is to increase the awareness of what our survival brain tends to filter out.


You can select any entity for this analysis. It can be a company, country, state or cultural community.  If you select a company, simply skip the questions that don’t apply. You can take this multiple times for different groups.


With this increased awareness we can ask:

  1. How Fragile / Antifragile is the selected environment?
  2. What is the likelihood of a cultural and/or economic paradigm shift?
  3. If there is a potential shift, what actions reduce our risk and increase our chances of thriving?


We are assessing two factors for each context. 

  1. The Fragile/Antifragile current state
  2. The movement towards a Paradigm Shift


The first question in each pair quantifies the current state of Fragile / Antifragile. The Fragile / Antifragile perspective comes from Nassim Taleb’s book “Antifragile”.

Some things benefit from shocks; they thrive and grow when exposed to volatility, randomness, disorder, and stressors and love adventure, risk, and uncertainty. Yet, in spite of the ubiquity of the phenomenon, there is no word for the exact opposite of fragile. Let us call it Antifragile. Antifragility is beyond resilience or robustness. The resilient resists shocks and stays the same; the antifragile gets better.”


The second question for each context measures the direction and speed of this factor’s change. Our current model measures the speed as a contribution to a Paradigm Shift.  At the extremes, a paradigm shift in beliefs and behaviors can change the rules, expectations, and processes by which we live in a significant way.


Our brain doesn’t want to see major changes.  Ray Dalio in his article on “Paradigm Shifts” and the first chapter of his book “The Changing World Order” believes that we miss the shift because we want to believe that the current paradigm will go on forever.  He states:

Over my roughly 50 years of being a global macro investor, I have observed there to be relatively long periods (about 10 years) in which the markets and market relationships operate in a certain way (paradigms). There are always big unsustainable forces that drive the paradigm. They go on long enough for people to believe that they will never end even though they obviously must end. In paradigm shifts, most people get caught overextended doing something overly popular and get really hurt…(they) fail to anticipate the paradigm shift."


It is about awareness, insight and creating a personal Antifragile state. The most valuable contribution to your thoughtful responses and insights is to bring to your awareness the potential of a major change in your world. Once you are open to all possibilities, you can then create tremendous opportunity for yourself.


The results. You will be sent your own results immediately, and when we have a sufficient sample size of assessments, we will send the aggregated results to everyone who contributed.


Your biases? We all have biases and I invite you to set them aside as you look at each factor through a fresh set of eyes.


Click the button below to take the assessment and expand your own awareness.

I am unable to wrap words around what happened in our session this morning. Thank you for a most amazing experience. The safety I felt to even go where the sensations led says much about who you are. Your compassion so genuine, I felt supported throughout. I thank you again for your attention, kindness and generosity. With much gratitude, -MJ"

Futures Trader, TX


The foundational experience was learning that Mind Muscles can actually be built and then how that is done, followed by actually doing it has been fantastic and worth more than the cost of the course in that lesson alone. The module that has opened the door to new possibilities is the relationship with money exercise. It jumped me straight into a major awakening and realization of how negative that relationship had been for me. I have some very good tools now thanks to this course that are taking me past awareness and acceptance and into a very productive state."

Steve H, Australia

About Richard Friesen

Rich Friesen CEO Mind Muscles Inc.

Richard Friesen is the creator and developer of the innovative and exclusive “Mind Muscles™” training process that turns the psychology of trading on its head. He works with financial professionals, independent traders, business leaders and entrepreneurs who want to expand their mental game to make more consistent profits. With in depth experience as a broker, floor trader, financial software developer and entrepreneur, he brings concrete real world experience to his clients.


Rich also holds a B.A. in Philosophy, a Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology and is a graduate of the Gestalt Institute in San Francisco along with Master’s certification in Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP). His background in psychology has been instrumental in his development of his Mind Muscles™ training programs that supports the financial and business community.


To contact Rich, please send an email to rich@mindmuscles.com


To schedule time for a more indepth conversation, go here.

Copyright 2019, Mind Muscles Inc. |  Disclaimer  |  Privacy  |