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double bind

noun
1.
Psychology. a situation in which a person is given conflicting cues, especially by a parent, such that to obey one cue is to disobey the other.
2.
dilemma (def 1).
Origin of double bind
1955-1960
An Americanism dating back to 1955-60
Can be confused
double bind, double-blind.
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double bind

noun
1.
a situation of conflict from which there is no escape; unresolvable dilemma
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