Answer:USMLE step 2 Mcq 79:A six year old has turbulent feelings towards her mother who is sometimes kind and loving and sometimes rejecting and cruel

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Correct Answer: B
Explanation:
Ambivalence means the coexistence of two opposite feelings or impulses, usually love and hate, towards the same person. A young child with undeveloped ego-strength is unable to tolerate his own ambivalent feelings towards the same person, for instance towards a mother who is sometimes kind and loving and sometimes rejecting and cruel. He might end up by splitting his feelings and perceiving her as two, the "good mother" and the "bad mother".


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