chapter  6
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Bonds that shackle, ties that free

The developmental conflict identified in the previous chapter is again the topic of this chapter, although here Brandchaft illustrates it with an entirely different clinical presentation reflecting a very different attempt at resolution. When the child is unable to harmonize the pursuit of individualized selfhood with the maintenance of a vitally needed tie, the child may defiantly maintain a loyalty to his perceptions and affects at the expense of relational ties. Although at first glance the dyadic conflict may seem to correspond to the familiar territory of separation-individuation, Brandchaft delineates his view of the developmental process underlying the conflict from the wellknown separation-individuation paradigm of Margaret Mahler (Mahler, Pine, & Bergman, 1975) in two important ways.