Random word-association is a method of either confusing psycho-analysts, or of tracing thought patterns in your own or someone else's mind.
It also tends to be a rather amusing time-wasting activity for social gatherings of Happy Mutants.

You begin by taking a word -- letting a dictionary fall open to a random page is good, or use a random-word generator. Then, in 30 seconds, have each member of the group write down as many other words, phrases, pictures, and ideas as they can.
Pass around the results. You will notice that some people will write down stream-of-consciousness strings of ideas, whereas others will have all the ideas directly relate to the original word. These reflect two of the five general methods of thinking described in Piers Anthony's Incarnations of Immortality novels: the first is a linear (-----) stream, whereas the second is a creative stream ( *)

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