Law of the Instrument
If the only tool you have is a hammer, it is tempting to treat everything as if it were a nail.
- Abraham Maslow, 1966
Also known as: Maslow’s Hammer.
# First recorded mention of the concept
I call it the law of the instrument, and it may be formulated as follows: Give a small boy a hammer, and he will find that everything he encounters needs pounding.
- Abraham Kaplan, 1964