In our world today, it seems that nothing can completely surprise us anymore. But this past week, a certain event has managed to make everyone raise their eyebrows and question whether it’s really possible. For the second time in living memory, an individual has managed to experience a phenomenon that has been dubbed a “syndrome of errors” or a “loop of errors”: repeating the same mistake twice. This particular person, who will remain unnamed due to privacy reasons, committed the same mistake twice within the space of a month. Unfortunately, the mistake in question was not a minor one, either, as it was a highly important business transaction. Failing to take the necessary steps to prevent such an error from occurring a second time will likely cost the individual dearly. The same mistake being committed twice by a person is an increasingly rare occurrence these days. The conditions in which one would “re-offend” are extremely specific. Typically, the person making the mistake must have a significant level of trust or confidence in the person they’re making the mistake to, or in the situation they’re in. In other words, they must expect a positive outcome without considering potential risks, and this often leads to their own downfall. The syndrome of errors can also be a result of poor decision-making. Too often we find ourselves in situations where we make decisions without considering the alternatives, leaving us open to making the same mistake twice. Of course, it is not only people who can experience the syndrome of errors. In the world of business, organizations can also be vulnerable to this phenomenon. In some cases, the fault can be traced back to a lack of communication between the different departments. This lack of communication can lead to different departments making the same mistakes, as no one is aware of what the other is doing. It’s clear that the syndrome of errors can have serious consequences, both financially and emotionally. So if you’re ever presented with a situation where you’re about to make the same mistake twice, it’s better to take a step back and evaluate the potential risks before taking the plunge. After all, prevention is always better than cure.