Here we explain a very famous paradox that you can totally relate to.
The term was coined by Joseph Heller, who used it in his 1961 novel Catch-22.
Catch-22s often result from rules, regulations, or procedures that an individual is subject to but has no control over because to fight the rule is to accept it.
A catch-22 is a paradoxical situation from which an individual cannot escape because of contradictory rules.
So what happens is that a set of circumstances in which one requirement, etc., is dependent upon another, which is in turn dependent upon the first.
Confused? Let's go for examples.
The novel Catch-22 involves the case of John Yossarian, a U.S. Army Air Forces bombardier, who wishes to be grounded from combat flight. This will only happen if he is evaluated by the squadron's flight surgeon and found "unfit to fly."
Therefore, Catch-22 ensures that no pilot can ever be grounded for being insane even if he is.
Let's say you just graduated and are looking for a job.
Let's say that you lost your wallet.
That is what happens in a Catch-22 situation -- no way out.