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see associationassociation,
in psychology, a connection between different sensations, feelings, or ideas by virtue of their previous occurrence together in experience. The concept of association entered contemporary psychology through the empiricist philosophers John Locke, George Berkeley,
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; psychoanalysispsychoanalysis,
name given by Sigmund Freud to a system of interpretation and therapeutic treatment of psychological disorders. Psychoanalysis began after Freud studied (1885–86) with the French neurologist J. M.
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free association

[¦frē ə‚sō·sē′ā·shən]
(psychology)
Spontaneous, consciously unrestricted association of ideas or mental images.
A method used in psychoanalysis to gain an understanding of the organization of the content of the mind.
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Mr Peters roams around in his mind connecting memory and conjecture and this is achieved with a kind of free-association dialogue structure which flips from this to that at the drop of a dime.
Baltisberger), are plotless, darkly humorous free-association anecdotes, typically about social misfits and happily disreputable people.
It is jumpy, association frequently degenerates into free-association, a torrent of references suggest imprecision of focus, and there is a lack of fastidiousness in the choice of authorities cited.