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double bind

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  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).
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Origin of double bind

An Americanism dating back to 1955–60
Can be confuseddouble bind double-blind
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Related Words

predicament, impasse, mess, puzzle, quandary, difficulty, embarrassment, problem, plight, box, bind, fix, strait, spot, scrape, jam, mire, perplexity, corner, hole

British Dictionary definitions for double bind

double bind

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