double bind


double bind

noun

: a very difficult situation that has no good solution

Full Definition of DOUBLE BIND

:  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>

First Known Use of DOUBLE BIND

1956

dou·ble bind

noun \ˈdəb-əl-ˈbīnd\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of DOUBLE BIND

: 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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