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.
- double bind , double-blind
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How to use double bind in a sentence
In the meantime, many restaurant workers are still in a double bind.Service workers now have another thankless job: Checking vaccine statuses | Rebecca Heilweil | September 2, 2021 | Vox
In recognition of this double bind, many state and local jurisdictions have adopted “ban the box” laws that prohibit asking candidates at the start of a hiring process about past arrests, charges or incarceration history.A new employee’s criminal history could raise questions from the public. Here’s how to respond. | Karla Miller | September 2, 2021 | Washington Post
That conflict aptly demonstrated the GOP's awkward "double bind," as Matthew Continetti put it in at the Weekly Standard.
British Dictionary definitions for double bind
a situation of conflict from which there is no escape; unresolvable dilemma
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