ambitendency


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Related to ambitendency: automatic obedience

ambitendency

the simultaneous presence in one person of positive and negative feelings towards a person, object, etc.; coexistence of mixed feelings.
See also: Psychology
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A particular deficit in motility in schizophrenia is the blocking of voluntary action, or ambitendency, as classified by Portnoff, Golden, Snyder & Gustavson (1982).
Physical and mental status examinations can help characterize the type and severity of motoric and behavioral symptoms, such as rigidity, waxy flexibility, negativism, automatic obedience, ambitendency, and perseveration.