loose associations


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loose as·so·ci·a·tions

a manifestation of a thought disorder whereby the patient's responses do not relate to the interviewer's questions, or one paragraph, sentence, or phrase is not logically connected to those that occur before or after.

loose as·so·ci·a·tions

(lūs ă-sō'sē-ā'shŭnz)
A manifestation of a severe thought disorder whereby the patient's responses do not relate to the interviewer's questions or one paragraph, sentence, or phrase is not logically connected to those that occur before or after.
Synonym(s): loosening of associations.
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Features of language dysfluency that can be misattributed to psychosis Characteristic of language dysfluency Psychotic symptom Lack of sequential organization Disorganization Limited vocabulary Poverty of thought Home signs (signs developed by an individual Neologisms or family system) Lack of referent to subject or time Loose associations, flight of ideas Source: Reference 1
What was the contribution of the advent of the madrasa to the transformation of the 'ulama' from loose associations into a better defined group in terms of membership and structure during the Sunni revival?" (pp.
Entire units in East Tyrone, South Armagh, South Derry and South Down have quit PIRA and set up loose associations with the Real IRA.
"Men and weapons have moved, not necessarily to RIRA but to groups with a loose association. But their goal is the same - to continue the terror campaign across Northern Ireland."
They talked together, formed loose associations, and celebrated May Day and Shrovetide together," Seaver points out.
As in the previous year there was much consolidation with small, independent operators joining together into loose associations to find strength in numbers.
As in conventional brainstorming, concepts emerge from the interplay of your question/problem and the loose associations generated by the program.
These works create a pleasing feeling of hovering between meanings, between their tight construction and the loose associations they provoke.
In search of possible answers, Otsubo creates relationships between things that are approximately the same, tying them together with loose association, puns, and abstraction, through consonance and rhyme.
Mr Little said the school has a number of loose associations with football club scouts and there were a number of other clubs looking at the boys.
In the following pages, Gander gives us the skeleton key to five new works in progress that radiate outward in the manner of the "Loose Associations" slide lectures he has been presenting since 2001.