Ambivalence definition

ăm-bĭvə-ləns
The coexistence of opposing attitudes or feelings, such as love and hate, toward a person, object, or idea.
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Simultaneous conflicting feelings toward a person or thing, as love and hate.
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In psychology, ambivalence is defined as the mental disharmony or disconnect a person may feel when having both positive and negative feelings regarding the same individual.

An example of ambivalence is struggling with whether to invite someone to an event because she has a positive relationship with you but not with the other attendees.

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The definition of ambivalence is a state in which you lack certainty or the ability to make decisions.

An example of when someone may be in a state of ambivalence is when someone is sick.

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Uncertainty or indecisiveness as to which course to follow.
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The coexistence of opposing attitudes or feelings (such as love and hate) towards a person, object or idea.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
ambivalence
Plural:
ambivalences

Origin of ambivalence

  • German Ambivalenz Latin ambi- ambi- Latin valentia vigor (from valēns valent-) (present participle of valēre to be strong wal- in Indo-European roots)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From German Ambivalenz (“simultaneous conflicting feelings”), from Latin ambo (“both”) and valentia (“strength”), from the verb valere (“to be strong”) (see valiant). Coined 1910 by Swiss psychologist Eugen Bleuler, by 1929 had taken on a broader literary and general sense.

    From Wiktionary