mixed emotions or feelings doubt or vacillation in creating a choice
- combined emotions or thoughts
simultaneous and contradictory emotions toward the exact same item that may cause psychological "splitting", in which a subject seperates irreconcilable components of his/her personality.
"simultaneous conflicting emotions," 1924 (1912 as ambivalency), from German Ambivalenz, coined 1910 by Swiss psychologist Eugen Bleuler (1857-1939) on type of German Equivalenz "equivalence," etc., from Latin ambi- "both" (see ambi-) + valentia "energy," from present participle of valere "be powerful" (see valiant). A psychological term that by 1929 had taken on a broader literary and general sense.
They showed ambivalence with regard to the second decision.