I think I remember a word like that and it begins with the prefix counter. Can anyone help me?
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I think the word you are looking for is counterproductive:
1. thwarting the achievement of an intended goal; tending to defeat one's purpose:
See also the answer to this question:
I think you want: contradict, as in contradictory, contradiction, contradicting, contradicted, contrary, and so on.
It’s not counter-; it’s contra-. But the etymology is basically the same.
I also like: paradox and oxymoron, both of which I consider to be similar or at least somewhat related.
While it doesn't start with counter-, I think self-defeating is worth considering.