double bind


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double bind

n.
1. A psychological impasse created when a person perceives that someone in a position of power is making contradictory demands, so that no response is appropriate.
2. A situation in which a person must choose between equally unsatisfactory alternatives.

double bind

n
a situation of conflict from which there is no escape; unresolvable dilemma

dou′ble bind′


n.
1. a situation in which a person is faced with contradictory demands such that to obey one is to disobey the other.
[1955–60, Amer.]
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Noun1.double bind - (psychology) an unresolvable dilemma; situation in which a person receives contradictory messages from a person who is very powerful
dilemma, quandary - state of uncertainty or perplexity especially as requiring a choice between equally unfavorable options
psychological science, psychology - the science of mental life
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