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.

Origin of double bind

An Americanism dating back to 1955–60

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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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