mixed message


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mixed message

Psychology A form of approach-avoidance conflict, in which a person projects both a desire and lack of enthusiasm for a particular task, goal, or relationship, leaving the MM's recipient as perplexed as the responsible party is confused
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However the robin itself is contradictory, appearing to promote peace and goodwill to all is sending out a mixed message at this particular time.
Now, it is this kind of personal storytelling that must continue if we are to defeat the mixed messages our rapid success has brought with it, both at home and abroad.
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"In the end it was unfortunately a mixed message, that's the way it goes sometimes."
In the midterm elections ("The Midterm Elections: It's Showtime," 11/01/02), Democrats brought a mixed message to voters.
27 remarks, however, Towey, who heads the Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, gave the Washington gathering a mixed message about how the "partnership" between religion and government would work.
NEW YORK-Housing analysts were greeted with a mixed message last week, as the latest government data showed the sector heating up and cooling down.
When, in 1967, the catholic church of the man Rite instituted a program authorizing the ordination of married men to the diaconate, it sent a mixed message to the bishops, priests, religious, and lay members of the church.
Unfortunately, Hanson says, many parents are reluctant to teach their children responsible drinking when underage drinking is illegal outside the home and public health campaigns warn against sending "mixed messages." But accountability is not a mixed message.
Sears says the Arizona study imparts a mixed message. "They've given a moderate amount of reassurance in one sense - that early childhood wheezing will tend to go away," he says.
Mixed message: Moira, Holly and Cain Meanwhile, Emma confronts Charity for stitching Finn and Pete up, but Charity bars her from the pub.