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Ambivalence

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Updated February 03, 2009

Definition: The experience of feeling two or more conflicting emotions at the same time. This common experience makes decision-making difficult, and once a decision is made, makes it difficult to stay committed to the decision.
Pronunciation: amm-biv-a-lunce
Also Known As: "in two minds," undecided
Common Misspellings: ambivelance
Examples:
Joanne was experiencing ambivalence about quitting gambling, because she felt she was just about to have a big win.

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