A proximate cause is an event immediately responsible for some outcome, as opposed to the root cause - the ultimate, "real" reason something happened.

To diagnose the real cause, you can use "5 Why's" method.

For example, a problem:
I got a speeding ticket.

- Why?
Was driving too fast. (Proximate cause)

- Why?
Was late for work.

- Why?
Woke up late.

- Why?
Went to sleep late.

- Why?
Watched Netflix whole night. (Root cause)

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Adding some more whys

Why?
Netflix has videos to watch

Why?
Videos uploaded by someone or some group of people

Why?
To earn

Why?
To get food

Why?
To survive

Why?
Just because he/she/they born (root cause)

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