Once I "learned" for a condition in which you have a specific solution of a problem, but you are only thinking of it and do not realize there are other / probably more appropriate / solutions. Something like.. being stuck to an attempt of a solution.

So there was a name for it. But google results for tokens such as "Problem Solving Disease" lead me to nothing related.

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    $\begingroup$ One technical term is cognitive rigidity, and CRT (Cognitive remediation therapy) works to increase flexibility $\endgroup$
    – jiniyt
    Jan 1, 2015 at 12:08

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This is called the Einstellung effect:

...Einstellung refers to a person's predisposition to solve a given problem in a specific manner even though "better" or more appropriate methods of solving the problem exist

It is related to the idea of functional fixedness:

Functional fixedness is a cognitive bias that limits a person to using an object only in the way it is traditionally used. `


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