• A catch 22 situation refers to a dilemma or difficult circumstance from which there is no escape because of mutually conflicting or dependent conditions.
  • A frustrating situation where you cannot do one thing without doing a second and you cannot do the second before doing the first.
  • A requirement that cannot be met until a prerequisite requirement is met.

1. I need experience to get a new job, but without a job I can’t gain experience. It’s a catch 22.


2. Have you heard of the quote from Joseph Heller’s Catch 22? Anything worth dying for is certainly worth living for.


3. To lose weight I need to eat less, but eating less makes me want to eat more causing me to gain weight. It’s a catch 22.


4. To get ahead in life I need a respectable job, but to get a respectable job I need to go to school delaying my opportunities in getting ahead in life. My whole life is a catch 22.

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