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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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