The law of the instrument, law of the hammer, Maslow’s hammer (or gavel), or golden hammer is a cognitive bias that involves an over-reliance on a familiar tool. Abraham Maslow wrote in 1966, “If the only tool you have is a hammer, it is tempting to treat everything as if it were a nail.

(“Law of the Instrument” 2023)


“Law of the Instrument.” 2023. Wikipedia, August.