Ambivalence occurs in intimate relationships when there is the coexistence of opposing emotions and desires towards the other that create an uncertainty about being in the relationship .

Ambivalence is a common experience as we navigate relationships.  Are we in or out ?  Is ambivalence simply a matter of commitment or does it relate to deeper internal processes?  Do you have difficulty making a decision or confused about how you feel about your partner?  These can be the result of a chronic ambivalent state that prevents us from getting close to others.

This article explores the nature of ambivalence and resulting dynamics that can occur in relationships.  How it relates to dealing with conflict and insecurity in relationships.  You can find the full article here on