double-bind

n.
a disordered pattern of family relationships in which one family member gives contradictory instructions to another (as when a mother asks her child verbally for affection but simultaneously, by her gestures, indicates that the child should remain distant). The result is that any action the child makes will be wrong, and furthermore he cannot escape from the situation. This has been supposed, but not proved, to be a factor in causing schizophrenia.

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  • double bind — double binds N COUNT: usu sing If you are in a double bind, you are in a very difficult situation, because whatever decision you make will have bad results. Women are caught in a double bind, marginalised in the community if they are not wives… …   English dictionary

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  • double bind — n [C usually singular] a situation in which any choice you make will have bad results …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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  • Double-Bind — Die Doppelbindungstheorie (engl. double bind theory, franz. double contrainte) ist eine kommunikationstheoretische Vorstellung zur Entstehung schizophrener Erkrankungen.[1] Die Theorie wurde von einer Gruppe um den Anthropologen und… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Double Bind — Die Doppelbindungstheorie (engl. double bind theory, franz. double contrainte) ist eine kommunikationstheoretische Vorstellung zur Entstehung schizophrener Erkrankungen.[1] Die Theorie wurde von einer Gruppe um den Anthropologen und… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

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