Tribalism is Dr. Ankenman’s term for when life only works within a limited framework. He uses the analogy of a small tribal group in which a specific skill is needed for survival and therefore defines manhood. Although the skill may not represent true emotional maturity, it is a sufficient definition of maturity within its culture. The same applies to the family “tribe” in contemporary culture, where people define love a particular way and can only operate within that framework. Tribal love lacks maturity because it cannot be applied in other contexts.