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Koh Elaine
Posted: Wednesday, October 10, 2018 1:02:45 PM
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What is the difference between "ambivalence" and "dilemma"?

Thanks.
thar
Posted: Wednesday, October 10, 2018 2:40:39 PM

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Ambivalence is not knowing which option to chose because each is equally attractive or unattractive. It is a lack of decision. If you feel ambivalent, you don't have a strong opinion about something, you feel both options equally, good and bad.

A dilemma is a problem. You have to make a choice but neither options seems the right option. You are in serious trouble. Either way, it does not look like a good outcome.

If your options are staying where you are and being attacked by a lion or escaping the lion by jumping off a cliff, you are in a dilemma.



If you think government investment in railways is a good thing for some reasons, and government investment in railways is a bad thing for other reasons, then you are ambivalent about it.





Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Thursday, October 11, 2018 3:42:12 AM

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Hi!
thar
is right.

Looking at where the words come from may help. However, I do realise that Latin and Greek are not languages which you will know, really.

Dilemma - from the Greek words meaning 'two horns' - the bull has two horns, you can choose whether it hits you with the left one or the right one.

Ambivalence - from Latin ambi- and valens, meaning 'both strong' or 'equally strong' - the reasons to choose "A" are as strong as the reasons to choose "B".


Wyrd bið ful aræd - bull!
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