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1. 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.
2. A situation in which a person must choose between equally unsatisfactory alternatives.
a situation of conflict from which there is no escape; unresolvable dilemma
1. a situation in which a person is faced with contradictory demands such that to obey one is to disobey the other.
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|Noun||1.||double bind - (psychology) an unresolvable dilemma; situation in which a person receives contradictory messages from a person who is very powerful|
dilemma, quandary - state of uncertainty or perplexity especially as requiring a choice between equally unfavorable options