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Saving The Washington Monument: Fourth Of Five Whys

Saving The Washington Monument: Fourth Of Five Whys

Problem: One of the monuments in Washington D.C. is deteriorating.

Why #4 – Why is there a large population of spiders in and around the monument?

Because vast swarms of insects, on which the spiders feed, are drawn to the monument at dusk.

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Great example of the five whys in design thinking

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Saving The Washington Monument: Third Of Five Whys

Problem: One of the monuments in Washington D.C. is deteriorating.

Why #3 – Why are there a large number of bird droppings on the monument?

Because the large population of spiders in and around the monument are a food source to the local birds

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Saving The Washington Monument: Fifth Of Five Whys

Problem: One of the monuments in Washington D.C. is deteriorating.

Why #5 – Why are swarms of insects drawn to the monument at dusk?

Because the lighting of the monument in the evening attracts the local insects.

Solution: Change how the monument is illuminated in the evening to prevent attraction of swarming insects.

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Saving The Washington Monument: Second Of Five Whys

Problem: One of the monuments in Washington D.C. is deteriorating.

Why #2 – Why are harsh chemicals needed?

To clean off the large number of bird droppings on the monument.

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Saving The Washington Monument: First Of Five Whys

Problem: One of the monuments in Washington D.C. is deteriorating.

Why #1 – Why is the monument deteriorating? 

Because harsh chemicals are frequently used to clean the monument.

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Using 5 Whys Problem Solving To Save The Washington Monument

The state of Washington approached NASA to ask them to build a protective clear structure around their beloved monument and save it from corroding. By using the five whys problem solving method they saved the state money by recommending they didn't need any structure they just needed to turn the lights off earlier...

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Third-person self-talk

Third-person self-talk may constitute a relatively effortless form of emotion regulation. 

Referring to yourself in the third person leads you to think about yourself more similar to how you think about others. And that helps you to gain psychological distance from your own experiences.

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Universal fear

Some fears are acquired based on specific life experiences. Other fears are more universal, like the fear of darkness. 

Darkness leaves us vulnerable and exposed, unable to spot any threats that may be hiding nearby. Darkness means danger, and fearing it means taking precautions to stay safe.

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