Glossary Term: Ambivalence


Ambivalence is the state of holding contradictory ideas or feelings about a situation, action, or person. In psychology, valence is the pleasure (positive valence) or displeasure (negative valence) associated with emotions.

What is an ambivalent person?

An ambivalent person is one who has strong feelings both for and against an issue.

What is an example of ambivalence?

An example of ambivalence is when a leader feels a sense of stuckness in wanting greater productivity from their team while recognizing the root cause is their need for a rest.

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