ambivalent feelings


: conflicting feelings or emotions
He has ambivalent feelings about his new job.

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Recent Examples on the Web This ancient recognition of the ambivalent feelings in any close relationship finds a striking echo in Sigmund’s Freud’s theory of bereavement, where a mourner may suffer from the same emotional condition as the deceased. Piers Vitebsky, Scientific American, 12 Dec. 2022 For Vogue's September 2022 cover, Serena wrote in a first-person essay about her ambivalent feelings towards the end of her professional sports career. Julie Mazziotta, Peoplemag, 2 Sep. 2022 As the conservatorship over Britney Spears appears closer to reaching an end than ever before, the singer took to Instagram to share her ambivalent feelings and thoughts on navigating her life free from the constraints that have been imposed on her for 13 years. Jason Newman, Rolling Stone, 15 Oct. 2021 Nanjiani has complicated, ambivalent feelings about growing up Shia, a minority religion in Pakistan and a target of sectarian violence. E. Alex Jung, Vulture, 12 Oct. 2021 The national poll by Marquette University Law School revealed the ambivalent feelings Americans have about the end of the United States' presence in Afghanistan. Patrick Marley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 23 Sep. 2021 Some people took extreme positions but most had ambivalent feelings. Amanda Ripley, Time, 17 Apr. 2021 In both Stranger Faces and her recent essay, Serpell notes her interest in ambivalent feelings. Lucy McKeon, The New York Review of Books, 27 Mar. 2021 See More

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