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In analytical psychology, an aspect of a person's response to a word-association test that is suggestive of a complex (2). Carl Gustav Jung (1875–1961), who popularized the test, listed the main complex indicators in an article entitled ‘The Association Method’ in the American Journal of Psychology in 1910: an unusual reaction to a word, such as laughing or blushing, an abnormally long reaction time, a repetition of the stimulus word, an absurd or far-fetched association, and a failure to respond to a stimulus word.

Subjects: Psychology.

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