I've been trying to think of an adjective that expresses having two (or perhaps more) conflicting emotions or opinions simultaneously. Can anyone think of one?
ambivalence and ambivalency noun, originally psychol the concurrent adherence to two opposite or conflicting views, feelings, etc about someone or something. ambivalent adj. ambivalently adverb. ETYMOLOGY: 1912: from German Ambivalenz, from ambi-, modelled on 'equivalence'; see equivalent.
'Torn' is often used eg. I was torn between loving her, and wanting to kill her.
You could use "conflicted" possibly? Or "vie/vying," which is a verb even though you asked for an adjective.
To [be in]/[have]/[get] mixed feelings about something:
to have different conflicting feelings.
If I feel this way, I describe myself as "conflicted" or "confused".
I would not use "ambivalent" for two conflicting emotions; I describe myself as "ambivalent" if I am caught between multiple choices in a decision and don't feel strongly about any of them.
The feeling of uncomfortable tension which comes from holding two conflicting thoughts in the mind at the same time.
I suggest dichotomous:
involving or proceeding from something with seemingly contradictory qualities
I believe what you're looking for is 'cognitive dissonance'.
Soulrending, jiminied, jeckled, mentally eviscerated.
Whenever I cant find a word fit into a story I'm writing, I usually just write a short descriptive sentence, to fill in the blank and most times it sounds better than it would have originally. Or you could just make one up and hope it catches on: Shakespeare did it a lot.
Turmoil fits as a noun. Unfortunately, the adjective tumultuous doesn't work as well.
The proper word is ambipathy, a mixture of sympathy and antipathy, of attraction and repulsion.
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