Definitions for ambivalenceæmˈbɪv ə ləns

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

am•biv•a•lenceæmˈbɪv ə ləns(n.)

also am•biv′a•len•cy

  1. uncertainty or fluctuation, esp. when caused by inability to make a choice or by a simultaneous desire to say or do two opposite things.

Origin of ambivalence:

1910–15

Princeton's WordNet

  1. ambivalence, ambivalency(noun)

    mixed feelings or emotions

Wiktionary

  1. ambivalence(Noun)

    The coexistence of opposing attitudes or feelings (such as love and hate) towards a person, object or idea.

  2. ambivalence(Noun)

    A state of uncertainty or indecisiveness.

  3. Origin: From ambi- and valentia, from the verb valere (see valiant). Coined 1910 by Swiss psychologist Eugen Bleule for "simultaneous conflicting feelings", by 1929 had taken on a broader literary and general sense.

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  1. Ambivalence

    Ambivalence is a state of having simultaneous, conflicting feelings toward a person or thing. Stated another way, ambivalence is the experience of having thoughts and/or emotions of both positive and negative valence toward someone or something. The term also refers to situations where "mixed feelings" of a more general sort are experienced, or where a person experiences uncertainty or indecisiveness concerning something. The expressions "cold feet" and "sitting on the fence" are often used to describe the feeling of ambivalence. Ambivalence is experienced as psychologically unpleasant when the positive and negative aspects of a subject are both present in a person's mind at the same time. This state can lead to avoidance or procrastination, or to deliberate attempts to resolve the ambivalence. When the situation does not require a decision to be made, people experience less discomfort even when feeling ambivalent.

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