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double bind

noun

Simple Definition of double bind

  • : a very difficult situation that has no good solution

Full Definition of double bind

  1. :  a psychological predicament in which a person receives from a single source conflicting messages that allow no appropriate response to be made; broadly :  dilemma 2

Examples of double bind

  1. <the double bind faced by every politician: responding to scurrilous charges only gives them unwarranted publicity; not responding to such charges is often interpreted as an admission of guilt>



1956

First Known Use of double bind

1956


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noun dou·ble bind \ˈdəb-əl-ˈbīnd\

Medical Definition of double bind

  1. :  a psychological predicament in which a person receives from a single source conflicting messages that allow no appropriate response to be made




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