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free association
as in:  free association technique

His free association indicates paranoia.
  psychology:  a therapeutic technique for seeing into a patient’s unconscious by encouraging the patient to verbalize spontaneous, uncensored thoughts and feelings triggered by words or pictures
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Free association is most often used by psychoanalytically oriented psychotherapists. It was pioneered by Sigmund Freud. The term, "free association" can also used less formally to indicate a thought process in which ideas are permitted to suggest other ideas in a non-structured sequence.
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  • His free association indicates paranoia.
  • Freud developed a technique which he called free association.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • We’ll try a little free association.
    Alfred Bester  --  The Demolished Man
  • I was the one who started talking about free association of ideas.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
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Associated words [difficulty]:   free association [8] , lobotomy [6] , electroconvulsive therapy [8]
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