Ambivalence is a state of having simultaneous, conflicting feelings toward a person or thing.
Stated another way, ambivalence is the experience of having thoughts and/or emotions of both positive and negative valence toward someone or something.
A common example of ambivalence is the feeling of both love and hate for a person.
The term also refers to situations where "mixed feelings" of a more general sort are experienced, or where a person experiences uncertainty or indecisiveness concerning something.
Ambivalence is experienced as psychologically unpleasant when the positive and negative aspects of a subject are both present in a person's mind at the same time.
This state can lead to avoidance or procrastination, or to deliberate attempts to resolve the ambivalence.
When the situation does not require a decision to be made, people experience less discomfort even when feeling ambivalent.