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Definition of "free association" []

  • A spontaneous, logically unconstrained and undirected association of ideas, emotions, and feelings. (noun)
  • A psychoanalytic technique in which a patient's articulation of free associations is encouraged in order to reveal unconscious thoughts and emotions, such as traumatic experiences that have been repressed. (noun)

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