|1.||psychoanal a method of exploring a person's unconscious by eliciting words and thoughts that are associated with key words provided by a psychoanalyst|
|2.||a spontaneous mental process whereby ideas, words, or images suggest other ideas, etc, in a nonlogical chain reaction|
free association n.
A psychoanalytic technique in which a patient verbalizes the passing contents of his or her mind without reservation. The verbalized conflicts that emerge constitute resistances that are the basis of the psychoanalyst's interpretations.