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The Association Method


THE ASSOCIATION METHOD
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The Association Method[1]
Carl G. Jung (1910)
First published in American Journal of Psychology, 31, 219-269.
Part 1 of 3
LECTURE I
Ladies and Gentlemen: When I was honored with the invitation from Clark University to lecture
before this esteemed assemblage, a wish was at the same time expressed that I should speak
about my methods of work, and especially about the psychology of childhood. I hope to
accomplish this task in the following manner:
In my first lecture I shall try to present to you the view points of my association methods; in my
second lecture I shall discuss the significance of the familiar constellations; while in my third
lecture I shall enter more fully into the psychology of the child.
I might easily confine myself exclusively to my theoretical views, but I believe that it will be
better to illustrate my lectures with as many practical examples as possible. We shall therefore
occupy ourselves first with the method of association, a method which has been of valuable
assistance to me both practically and theoretically. The association method in vogue in
psychology, as well as its history, is of course, so familiar to you that there is no need to speak of
it. For practical purposes I make use of the following formulary:
[p. 220]
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