double binddouble bind
- a situation in which a person is faced with contradictory demands or expectations, so that any action taken will appear to be wrong
- dilemma (sense )
Origin of double bindsee bind, noun
- 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.
- A situation in which a person must choose between equally unsatisfactory alternatives.