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"Double bind is a situation in which an individual receives contradictory messages from another person. For example, a parent may respond negatively when his or her child approaches or attempts to engage in affectionate behavior but then, when the child turns away or tries to leave, reaches out to encourage the child to return."

Citation: American Psychological Association. (n.d.). Double bind. APA Dictionary of Psychology. https://dictionary.apa.org/double-bind

Category: Family Processes

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