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Flow of ideas, symbols and associations initiated by a problem or task and leading toward a reality-oriented conclusion in logical sequence.
Indirect speech that is delayed in reaching the point but eventually gets from original point to desired goal: characterized by over-inclusion of details and parenthetic remarks.
Inability to have goal-directed associations of thought; speaker never gets from point to desired goal.
Flow of thought in which ideas shift from one subject to another in a completely unrelated way; when severe, speech may be incoherent.
Rapid, continuous verbalizations or plays on words that produce constant shifting from one idea to another; ideas tend to be connected, and in the less severe form a listener may be able to follow them.
Incoherent mixture of words and phrases.
Association of words similar in sound but not in meaning; words have no logical connection; may include rhyming and punning.
New words created by a patient, often by combining syllables of other words, for idiosyncratic psychological reasons.
Psychopathological repeating of words or phrases of one person by another; tends to be repetitive and persistent; may be spoken with mocking or staccato intonation.
Abrupt interruption in train of thought before a thought or idea is finished; after a brief pause, person indicates no recall of what was being said or was going to be said (also known as thought deprivation).
Belief that merely by thinking about an event in the external world, the patient can cause that event to occur without intermediate physical actions.