FREE ASSOCIATION

the basic process in psychoanalysis and other forms of psychodynamic psychotherapy where patients are encouraged to verbalise freely whatever thoughts come to mind, no matter how embarrassing, illogical or irrelevant they may seem.

FREE ASSOCIATION: "Joe was encouraged to use free association in his therapy sessions."
Cite this page: Nugent, Pam M.S., "FREE ASSOCIATION," in PsychologyDictionary.org, May 11, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/free-association/ (accessed July 26, 2017).
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