double bind

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:
1955–60, Americanism

double bind, double-blind.
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double bind
 
n
a situation of conflict from which there is no escape; unresolvable dilemma

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