the oligodynamic effect is a phenomenon that describes
the effect that a person has of taking a lot of things into consideration at the same time and in the same order.
A person who is not willing to take all the necessary steps to accomplish a goal, will tend to find that the most efficient way to do it is to take the most important thing into account first.
This is also called the “oligodynamic effect” because if you have to take two steps to get to something, the first step will probably be the one that will make you do the most damage on the way to your goal.
If you read the other paragraphs that follow, you’ll find that the oligodynamic effect is a phenomenon that describes when the first step that people take is often the most damaging. The best way to visualize this is to imagine you have a long list of things to do. One of the things you’re going to do is take a bunch of those things into consideration before you do it. That makes both you and your goal much more efficient.
The oligodynamic effect happens because people think that by completing their list of things, they will make the most amount of progress. To do this, they have to be very specific on what they are going to do to get to the end. Of course, we don’t use that term very often in everyday language, but we do use it in self-awareness studies.
For example, if you’re trying to get to the end of your list of chores and you’re looking at the left side of the page, you need to be very specific about what you are doing. If you’re not very specific, you might be wasting your time. If you’re not very specific, you might be a terrible person.
A similar concept is called the “puzzle effect.” The puzzle effect describes an illusion of progress when the goal is being reached. In a puzzle, the end is not always reached. The goal is always just out of reach.
The oligodynamic effect is what happens when a task is too specific, too “obvious.” The problem is that the end is never achieved. The end is no longer “obvious.” The end is not “real.” The end is a matter of degree. The end is what happens when you use a very specific task to reach a very specific goal.