Ambivalence - This is a contradictory relationship to the subject or ambivalent experience caused by an individual or an object. In other words, an object can provoke in a person the simultaneous occurrence of two antagonistic feelings. This concept was previously introduced by E. Bleuler, who considered human ambivalence to be a key sign of schizophrenia, as a result of which he identified three of its forms: intellectual, emotional, and volitional.
Emotional ambivalence is revealed in the simultaneous sensation of positive and negative emotions to another individual, object or event. Child-parent relationships can serve as an example of the manifestation of ambivalence.
The willful ambivalence of a person is found in the endless rushing between the polar solutions, in the impossibility of making a choice between them. Often this leads to the suspension from the commission of an action to make a decision.
The intellectual ambivalence of a person consists in alternating antagonistic, contradictory or mutually exclusive opinions in the thoughts of the individual.
The contemporary of E. Bleuler, Z. Freud, put a completely different meaning into the term human ambivalence. He regarded it as the simultaneous coexistence of two primarily peculiar to the person opposing deep-seated incentive motives, of which the most fundamental are orientation towards life and the craving for death.