Einstellung Effect

The Einstellung Effect is a type of mindset that causes humans to repeat the use of "tried and true" strategies for problem solving, even when a simpler solution strategy exists. This can be seen frequently when a worker is presented with a problem and they continue to use a solution that has worked in the past rather than seeking a new or simpler solution. This is a somewhat "mechanical" state of mind that keeps a person from using very much creativity. Although this mental fixedness works well in some work settings ( such as assembly lines) it can be a hindrance in other functions such a management, research and development, and strategy games such as chess.

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