It is the tendency to see objects as only working in a particular way. You might view a thumbtack as something that can only be used to hold paper to a corkboard.
Functional fixedness can prevent people from seeing other uses for an object. It can also diminish our ability to think of creative solutions to problems.
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If you have two candles, numerous thumbtacks, and a box of matches, try to figure out how to mount the candles to the wall.
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