What does ambivalence mean and how does it play a role in our lives? Let us first take a look at the meaning of ambivalence in our Webster Dictionary.
Ambivalence-1. the state of having mixed feelings of contradictory ideas about something or someone.
Daily Wisdom Word Definition for ambivalence-1. the double side of feelings we have when we have contrary feelings about someone, such as deciding if we like or don’t like someone.
Ambivalence is tough. We usually feel torn when were experiencing ambivalence and when it is about a person, we are usually getting mixed messages from them to cause this ambivalence. It is as if we are stuck in limbo seeing both sides of who they are, and we can’t decide how we really feel about them.
I am experiencing feelings of ambivalence about someone in my life as I write this. I see all of these talents she has as an individual and truly admire her for them. I also see choices she makes that I don’t think I would choose if I was walking in her shoes. Of course, we can never judge someone’s choices, but we usually hold opinions about whether we agree with them or not.
She is such an awesome person, but I have caught her in a few lies here and there which makes me doubt the integrity of her character. She may not be telling these lies deliberately, but simply forgets the honest answers when I ask her the questions. All I know is I see parts of her character that I love, and parts that I don’t causing ambivalence with myself in deciding whether or not I want to get closer to her.
She is such a good parent, and a good friend. I also have a friend that is friends with her as well, and constantly planting doubts in my head about who she really is.
Ambivalence can be confusing, and we must have faith that ultimately we will not remain on the fence about someone or something. We will eventually have the supporting evidence to prove our opinion, one way or the other.
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