Is there a word in the English language which means either:
- to cause a catastrophe by an act intended to avoid that very catastrophe, or
- a catastrophe caused by an attempt to avoid that catastrophe?
(Note that the term "catastrophe" might represent any unfortunate outcome.)
For example, the case where someone knocks over and breaks a fragile item precisely because their desire to avoid knocking over that item was altering their behaviour (and not necessarily because of nerves).
This has been bugging me for months, and I've not been able to think of or find a word which fits this situation. If there's nothing in English, is there a word from another language which is a perfect match?