I thought of using that example to illustrate. There’s also the concept of a “double-bind” in psychology which is about the same. I also believe this dynamic is implicit in gas-lighting. There’s a Star Trek where this happens as well. Spock gives the well-intentioned yet genocidal computer instructions it cannot handle, and it breaks down.

I’d also hazard to say many nations, including America, are built on contradictory premises. It sets up a dynamic tension which can be constructive but if it falls apart, not so great. I tried to talk about that in this complicated piece: https://medium.com/@granthbrenner/america-on-the-couch-a-vote-for-sanity-5efce4a24fef

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