the uncensored expression of the ideas, impressions, etc., passing through the mind of the analysand, a technique used to facilitate access to the unconscious.
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Origin of free association
First recorded in 1895–1900
Words nearby free association
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Both creative writers, artists and scientific problem solvers use the stream of consciousness or free-association skill.Sequential Problem Solving|Fredric Lozo
British Dictionary definitions for 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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Medical definitions for free association
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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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