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Fascinating. Suggests some degree of decoupling between experience and the attached emotions and memory. A feature of such maltreatment, whether physical or psychological, is that it is inconsistent: the same circumstances or the same behavior on the part of the victim do not always lead to maltreatment. Sometimes maltreatment occurs for no reason apparent to the victim; sometimes a reason seems evident, but is also outside the control or influence of the victim. Perhaps healthy development of these connections is impeded by formative years of this life. Perhaps it is even a form of adaptation, learning not to have positive expectations in an uncertain environment where the correlation between maltreatment and other life factors is weak.

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