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double bind

 [dŭ´b'l bīnd´]
a type of paradoxical communication or interaction in which one person demands a response to a message that contains mutually contradictory signals (verbal or nonverbal). The other person is unable to comment on the incongruity or to escape the situation.

dou·ble bind

a type of personal interaction in which one receives two mutually conflicting verbal or nonverbal instructions or demands from the same person or different people, resulting in a situation in which either compliance or noncompliance with either alternative threatens one of the needed relationships.

double bind

n.
A psychological impasse created when a person perceives that someone in a position of power is making contradictory demands, so that no response is appropriate.

double bind

[bīnd]
Etymology: L, duplus, double; AS, bindan, to bind
a "no win" situation resulting from two conflicting messages from a person who is crucial to one's survival, such as a verbal message that differs from a nonverbal message. An example is the insistence of a mother that she is not angry about a child's behavior although she is perceived as being obviously angry and hostile.
A situation in which option A and its alternative, option B, both have considerable disadvantages
Psychiatry An interpersonal dilemma in which a person is presented with mutually contradictory messages by another person, usually one who is respected by, or who has authority over, the person receiving the ‘mixed message’
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Guided by the theoretical ideas of social construction of identity and the double bind of masculinity, we posited the following research questions:
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But equality hasn't worked in the other direction, and women are finding themselves in a double bind that often traps them into remaining in lower paid jobs, and putting their careers second.
Alexandra Jones, author of the study, said: "Women are finding themselves in a double bind, trapping them in lower paid jobs and putting their careers second.
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This double bind of denigration, from both the whites of her day and the blacks of ours, is the most fascinating aspect of Gates's story.
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I must begin with an apology for the fact that this review will be as much about my own double bind in evaluating Angier's biography as it will be about the book itself.
To judge by recent literature on the role of families in borderline personality disorder, the prevailing view resembles beliefs that were held about schizophrenia a half-century ago, when the talk was of schizophregenic mothers and the double bind.