Thoughts on How the World Represents Itself to the Mind
and Some Practical Consequences for the Study of Energy and Fields

The Word Association Method

Dennis Stillings


In this method a series of test words is given. The subject is then to respond immediately with only one word that occurs to him. The experiment is repeated to test the subject's memory. The time taken to respond is given here in tenths of a second; response times of fifths of a second are completely adequate. Complex Symptom notes additional disturbance: subject says "Oh," or "Ummmm," repeats the test word, or uses more than one word in response. Repetition indicates whether the patient responds with the same word or not the second time around. The following are 12 out of 100 words used in the original test.

Word Time Complex Symptom Repetition 
1. Water 0.8 0 x 
2 Round 0.8 0 x 
3. Chair 1 0 x 
4. Swim 1.2 0 x 
5. Grass 1 0 x 
6. Blue 1.4 0 x 
7. Knife 4 3* - 
8. Help 3 3 - 
9. Weight 2 1 - 
10. Finish 1.6 0 x 
11 Mountain 1.2 1 - 
12. Fly 1 0 x 

(*faint flicker of eyelids, both times)

There is a period of disturbance from word 7 to word 11. There were also disturbances in two words not given here: "pointed" and "beat." When asked about the meaning of the keywords, the subject became uncomfortable and wanted to leave the room.

This test was carried out by C.G. Jung on a patient whose background and history were entirely unknown to him. When Jung finally got the story out of him that was attached to these words, it turned out that the subject, when a young man, had lived abroad and had been put in prison for six months for wounding a man with a knife. The disturbance in the following words might be a carryover from the stimulus of the word "knife," or they might easily be seen-at least the words "help," "weight," and "finish"-as being associated with the moral issues involved and with the psychological treatment he was receiving. (See C. G. Jung, Modern Psychology: Notes on Lectures given at the Eidgenň~-sische Technische Hochschule, ZŠ«▓ich, 2nd ed., vol. 1 (ZŠ«▓ich, 1959), p. 117.)

In the case of the anomalous transfer of information, such as in ESP or remote viewing, the complexes have a much more specific function that can be detailed out. For example, should a person have a serious death complex, he or she would probably suppress or distort any transmission of information that related to death. This has different levels of wah-distribution:

Normal death complex, suppression or distortion of information closely associated with:


Medium energy complex, suppression and distortion of information that is less directly related to death:

black clothes and cars
dead animals
confining spaces
serious illness

Seriously neurotic complex, suppression and distortion of information remote from the idea of death:

anything black
dead grass and leaves
holes in the ground
large boxes of any kind

Of course, people can have a complex about anything, and these can be identified in some detail by the methods of the association experiment.

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