No Man is an Island
Joseph Heller coined the term in his 1961 novel Catch 22 about World War II… The term is introduced by the character Doc Daneeka, an army psychiatrist who invokes “Catch 22” to explain why any pilot requesting mental evaluation for insanity—hoping to be found not sane enough to fly and thereby escape dangerous missions—demonstrates his own sanity in making the request and thus cannot be declared insane. Simply put – A catch-22 is a paradoxical situation from which one cannot escape because of contradictory rules. For example, to get a job you need a few years of experiences. But in order to gain experience, you need to get a job first. We’re sorry. You don't have permission to access this page. Please sign up to have full access to this page.