Are there some best practices how to solve a situation when Gestalt principles are in conflict?

For example, in the picture is example of a style where options that belong together are grouped by header on left and showing the options in a list.

In one of the groups, I need to make a subgroup. If I group them together by border like in the picture, what are good ways to keep the feeling that all of the radio buttons belong together? I'm specifically interested in subgroups, so let's assume it's not possible to mark each "important radio button" separately.

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It's not that gestalt principles are in conflict in your example, more that they haven't been fully utilized.

Communicating groups and subgroups using color, spacing, and outline should be one of the core competencies of a good designer, so from the perspective of a UX professional, the best practice here is to make sure you have a designer on your team who knows what they're doing, and do a good job of clearly communicating your requirements to them.

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