FUNCTIONAL FIXEDNESS By Nugent, Pam M.S. - May 11, 2013 a term used in problem solving where there is a tendency to cling to set patterns and overlook possible new approaches. May overlook different uses for an object. FUNCTIONAL FIXEDNESS: "Functional fixedness deals with one purpose for an object and no consideration of any other purposes." Related Psychology Terms FIXEDNESS LOCATION CONSTANCY FUNCTIONAL ASYMMETRY INTERPOSITION BEHAVIORAL COUPLES THERAPY GENERAL PROBLEM SOLVER (GPS) TACTILE FORM RECOGNITION BAD OBJECT ATTACHMENT EMIC-ETIC DISTINCTION Cite this page: Nugent, Pam M.S., "FUNCTIONAL FIXEDNESS," in PsychologyDictionary.org, May 11, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/functional-fixedness/ (accessed January 20, 2019).