The Nirvana fallacy: when perfectionism leads to unrealistic solutions - Deepstash
The Nirvana fallacy: when perfectionism leads to unrealistic solutions

The Nirvana fallacy: when perfectionism leads to unrealistic solutions

Curated from: nesslabs.com

Ideas, facts & insights covering these topics:

4 ideas

·

3.32K reads

13

Explore the World's Best Ideas

Join today and uncover 100+ curated journeys from 50+ topics. Unlock access to our mobile app with extensive features.

The Nirvana fallacy

The Nirvana fallacy is a form of perfectionism and it consists in comparing existing solutions with ideal, unrealistic ones.

140

1.37K reads

The “perfect solution fallacy”

The Nirvana fallacy is built on faulty reasoning, where an argument assumes that a solution should be rejected because some part of the problem still exists after the solution is applied.

People that fall prey to the Nirvana fallacy assume that a perfect solution does exist. In those cases, the Nirvana fallacy is a mix of wishful thinking and black-and-white thinking.

125

700 reads

False dichotomies

A false dichotomy is a thinking fallacy in which a statement wrongly assumes an either/or situation, when the two solutions are in fact compatible, or there is actually a third potential option.

111

600 reads

How to overcome the Nirvana fallacy

  • Focus on incremental improvements. Instead of aiming for the perfect solution, aim for a better solution. All these tiny improvements will compound, leading to massive changes over the long term.
  • Set intermediary deadlines. By setting intermediary deadlines, we can force ourselves to make tangible progress.
  • Keep your perfectionist mindset in check. Make time for self-reflection to understand why you are making certain decisions, or why you are not making progress on a specific project.

140

657 reads

IDEAS CURATED BY

maxwellad

Solve the problem or leave the problem. But…… Do not live with the problem.

Maxwell D.'s ideas are part of this journey:

Product Management Starter Kit

Learn more about problemsolving with this collection

How to focus on the present moment

How to cultivate empathy and understanding towards others

How to set personal and professional goals

Related collections

Read & Learn

20x Faster

without
deepstash

with
deepstash

with

deepstash

Personalized microlearning

100+ Learning Journeys

Access to 200,000+ ideas

Access to the mobile app

Unlimited idea saving

Unlimited history

Unlimited listening to ideas

Downloading & offline access

Supercharge your mind with one idea per day

Enter your email and spend 1 minute every day to learn something new.

Email

I agree to receive email updates