Over the course of PSY1001, I gained a deeper understanding of how the human mind thinks and operates. Oddly though, out of all the grand concepts we learned, from emotion to intelligence, I continue to be fascinated by two little concepts, functional fixedness and mental sets. I will remember these concepts well into the future because they are reminders of how much we can get stuck at looking at things, people or situations in just one way, literally or figuratively. When I meet a person who is difficult to deal with, I will avoid functional fixedness by remembering that there are multiple ways of approaching them. Just as there are creative uses for duct tape, just as there are various ways to solve a problem. Overcoming functional fixedness and mental sets are important because they help us to avoid getting stuck in the same rut over and over again. MacGyver didn't get out of sticky situations by using paperclips as paperclips. With the knowledge I've gained across all chapters in this class, I hope to avoid the error functional fixedness as I continue navigating through life and college.
Some (repeat, some) redneck/white trash repairs are great examples of overcoming functional fixedness. Yep, that's a drill and a pair of scissors.