An example of the utilization of association in terms of the free flow thought process, which provides unexpected ways at looking at a problem is
Derivative Association. Combine tangents with original questions. Combining elements or associations from different subjects can lead to ideas which otherwise may not occur. Personalize the question. Involve the self into it so
as to bring out one's personal emotions and feelings that one associates with the question. Attempt to recall any real experience that one may have had with the subject.
Blank is a question.
DEFINITION ONE///QUESTION ONE
At varying points when a certain amount of information has been elicited
about any particular subject, one may write definitions which attempt to
represent some kind of conclusions. After any number of associations have been written down, try to write a definition of the original question.
What is a question?
A question is something without some kind of description.
Review and return to the original question. This may be done at any
time and should be a continuous cycle until the problem is
satisfactorily solved or suspended for further study, at a later time
such as by External Analysis. Any tangent can be pursued, but inherent
to this method is the return to the problem, until one has exhausted what
can be learned from it. Return can mean five minutes to five days or
five years. Sometimes tangents emerge which seem more important or
interesting or indirectly connected.
DEFINITION ONE///2ND QUESTION
When one writes a definition one should have a good idea of the meanings
of all the words included in it. As a continuation of the process one
would analyze other words contained in the definition, such as in this
case, what is description? The meaning of many words may seem obvious.
But the meanings of most unanalyzed words and concepts are taken for
granted, and may be very limited and used in only one way, as by habit.
Word often have more than one meaning, but one may have learned
a particular meaning only in one context which sticks tenaciously.
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