Ambivalence is a state of having emotions of both positive and negative valence or of having thoughts or actions in contradiction with each other. for example, if you want…ed to go to a foreign country, but were unsure whether it was safe, etc. hope that helped. (MORE)
ambivalence in psychology is the state of feeling as though you have no inclination in either direction about an issue involving emotions. you are unaffected by the issue due …to this stalled state. in my life it has applied itself like this: i have always had a gut feeling that life isn't worth the effort it takes to make it in this world. (at root a copout but a feeling nonetheless) therefore i fail to make many of the choices which would lead me in any particular direction. i fail to fall apart completely, but i fail to truly thrive as well. .
on a more psychoanalytic note, ambivalence can be interpreted as a sort of defense mechanism, in that denying having a deeply-rooted feeling about something lessens the pain of making choices. this is similar to a failure to commit: some do it for fear of success, some do it for fear of failure. .
I believe Rollo May had some insightful things to say on this subject. (MORE)
Ambivalent simply: having mixed-feelings about someone or something. It is used when something is very complex and you cannot decide on a certain stance. For example: I have a… dog who is very energetic and makes big messes and he can sometimes be violent. I love my dog but he's making life a bit harder than it needs to be. In this situation I would be ambivalent about my dog. Sentence: I am very ambivalent about my dog, he gets very aggressive but he can be sweet sometimes. (MORE)
AMBIVALENT - wavering, undecided "He has ambivalent feelings about legalized immigration." NOTE - There is no such verb as ambivalate , meaning "to waffle" but it has been… seen in informal use. (MORE)
The the word 'ambivalent' is an adjective , a word used todescribe a noun as having mixed feelings or contradictory feelingsor ideas about something or someone. Example: She …was ambivalent about where she wanted to eat. (MORE)