free association definition

  • noun:
    • A spontaneous, logically unconstrained and undirected relationship of ideas, emotions, and feelings.
    • A psychoanalytic method where an individual's articulation of free organizations is urged in order to reveal unconscious ideas and thoughts, including terrible experiences which were repressed.
    • The work or procedure for free-associating. Its a technique utilized in psychoanalysis and is likely to allow the analyst access to the unconscious thoughts associated with analysand. See free-associate.
    • a thought process in which ideas (words or images) suggest other ideas in a sequence

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