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Avoiding The Law Of Unintended Consequences

Some basic techniques we can apply to minimize the unintended problems:

  1. Apply non-action: Not acting out the impulsive reaction that we think will solve a problem is often the simplest way to let it subside.
  2. Think of the risks: What feels right is often not so. Take the worst-case scenario into account.
  3. The opposite effect: Understand that regulating or focusing on eradicating something can even lead to its proliferation.
  4. The undo button: Permanent decisions that can’t be undone are the worst offenders. If you have to make a decision, make something that can be corrected.

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