flight of ideas


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flight of ideas

[¦flīt əv ī′dē·əz]
(psychology)
Verbal skipping from one idea to another in which the ideas bear only a superficial relation to one another and are fragmentary and often associated by chance.
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Subjects exhibit flight of ideas when their conversation moves from one topic to another so rapidly and with such a lack of cohesiveness that others find it difficult to follow.
It is more important to get down that intense emotion or flight of ideas than to follow arbitrary rules.
His speech is pressured and rapid, and there is a flight of ideas. His behavior is further marked by restlessness and free-wheel spending ($100 tip to a cabbie; carrying an armload of 15 loaves of his favorite French bread home through the city), and he's preoccupied with sex, sinister interpretations of ordinary events, delusional talk and perhaps visions of being reborn, coated in amniotic fluid, or excreted by some huge monster.

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