ambivalence

Someone who shows ambivalence about a person or thing has conflicting feelings. If you love your mom but find her totally embarrassing, you might feel ambivalent about having her give a presentation at your school.

Originally a psychological term, ambivalence was borrowed from the German word Ambivalenz, coined in 1910 by the Swiss psychologist Eugen Bleuler. The German word was formed from the Latin prefix ambi- "in two ways" plus Latin valentia "vigor, strength."

Definitions of ambivalence
1

n mixed feelings or emotions

Synonyms:
ambivalency
Types:
conflict
opposition between two simultaneous but incompatible feelings
Type of:
feeling
the experiencing of affective and emotional states

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