love-hate relationship


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love-hate relationship

Ambivalence Psychiatry A clinical complex characterized by Freudian impulses; love-hate is normal for children passing through the 'anal-sadistic' phase of development, in which there is often simultaneous love and 'murderous' hatred toward the same object–person. Cf Passive-aggression.
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Indeed, it seems to be a love-hate relationship, as profound as Captain Ahab's nee d to seize not only the huge body of the white whale but the very whiteness itself.
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