- 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.
- dilemma(def 1).
Origin of double bind
An Americanism dating back to 1955–60
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- a situation of conflict from which there is no escape; unresolvable dilemma