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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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The double bind to which I refer, here, maintains that White privilege pedagogies are complicit in securing and maintaining some of the very privileges enjoyed by Whites.
Francophony is a labyrinth of double binds, an enabling violation, a distancing from the oral and the originary.
The Domdentity is an example of a masculine double bind, where men must simultaneously demonstrate traditional characteristics of masculinity while still showing sensitivity to their submissive wives.
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It is 'the irreducible element of an aesthetic education' through which we might learn and feel the double bind in all its ambivalence and complexity (Aesthetic Education, p 10).
In "Conclusion: Binding Desire," Hagglund returns to Proust, Woolf, Nabokov, Freud, Lacan, Derrida, and issues of binding and desire, in particular in Derrida's Envoies, seeing Derrida as staging "the double bind of survival in his own text and thereby pursu[ing] a version of the literary writing of chronolibido that is at the center of the preceding chapters"(18).
If Christy Mahon and Yeats's Cuchulain represent the small measure of play in the double bind, in which one can perform a kind of immanent critique of the manly estate, Farrington, like so many other Gaelo-Catholic Dubliners, surrenders any claim to manliness, even the parodic or self-critical purchase afforded by Revivalist reinscriptions of the heroic ideal.
Jamieson's book, Beyond the Double Bind, delineates five common double binds that women face: womb/brain, silence/shame, sameness/ difference, femininity/competence, and aging/invisibility.
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Young women and men brought up in a culture that flaunts sex constantly but won't teach them anything about its realities are in what Gregory Bateson famously called a double bind.
Kipp makes legible the ideological work of incest in this play, deriving from it what could be called the gothic maternal double bind.
These texts emphasize that the corporeal imagery cannot figure the unspeakable loss as such, but only the double bind from which the narrator is unable to escape.