5 Whys

Benefit: Understand core reason
Prerequisites:

Description

By asking why multiple times we can have a deeper understanding on the causes of the higher level problem.

The goal is to land on a what or a how.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/5_Whys

Practice

  1. Define something you have done/will do
  2. Ask why
  3. Answer why
  4. Repeat from #2

Example-1

  1. I want to visit my mom every week.
    • Why do I want to visit my mom every week?
    • Because I feel like she is going to pass away and I don’t want to regret not being with her enough.
    • Why do I feel like I will regret that I wasn’t with her enough?
    • Because I feel like I need to make up for it.
    • Why do I feel like I need to make up for it?
    • Because I’ve avoided her and acted bad towards her all my childhood.
    • Why did I avoid her and acted bad towards her all my childhood?
    • Because I wanted to explore my sexuality but she was always so controlling that I couldn’t.

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