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double bind

Syllabification: dou·ble bind

Definition of double bind in English:

noun

A situation in which a person is confronted with two irreconcilable demands or a choice between two undesirable courses of action.
Example sentences
  • This reversal led her discussion through a tortuous course of double binds and tensions between liveliness and morbidity, mechanism and organicism that issues from the computer animated image.
  • Anchored in the field of family therapy where double binds abound, this principle implies that there are no pure winners or losers, that there is no clear criterion to distinguish victory from defeat.
  • As Bateson pointed out long ago in his work on the double-bind theory, the first characteristic of a double bind is that the person caught up in it cannot escape.

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