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free association

noun, Psychoanalysis
the uncensored expression of the ideas, impressions, etc., passing through the mind of the analysand, a technique used to facilitate access to the unconscious.
Origin of free association
1895-1900 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Both creative writers, artists and scientific problem solvers use the stream of consciousness or free-association skill.

British Dictionary definitions for free-association

free association

(psychoanal) a method of exploring a person's unconscious by eliciting words and thoughts that are associated with key words provided by a psychoanalyst
a spontaneous mental process whereby ideas, words, or images suggest other ideas, etc, in a nonlogical chain reaction
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free-association in Medicine

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.

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