Have you ever been in a meeting in which most of the time was consumed by very simple problems that weren’t worth talking about, while the more serious problems were discussed less? I’ve had my own share of that experience, too.
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This is called the bike shed effect, which is also known as the Law of Triviality, which states that “the amount of discussion is inversely proportional to the complexity of the topic.”
Put into plain English, this means that the simpler an issue, the more debate it attracts.
Why are simpler issues harder to solve over more complex ones? Psychology Today provides us with five reasons and also advice on how to handle these simple problems.
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