1908 Journal of the American Medical Association  
For the word "laugh" the association was forgotten. This indication of a complex is strengthened by the failure to associate within ten seconds for the following word, and a long time for the word after that. The patient denied that he was troubled in any way by people laughing at him; "everybody was good to him." In spite of this, it is safe to assume that his attacks and certain marital occurrences have made him feel ridiculous. After a few moments he says that on coming out of doors
more » ... t of doors yesterday he was well dressed and that a lounger called him a "funny guy." He denied that he thought of it during the experiment. It is possible that the more basic complex of being ridiculed for his troubles may not have come to his mind at all, but that in searching for some explanation of the record he thought of the recent occurrence. It is also possible that the recent occurrence may have added itself to the larger complex. Another complex, the stupidity of which he complains bitterly, shows itself in the long time for "stupid" and in the superficial character of and the forgetfulness for the following association. We all have passed through experiences of strong emotions. It is possible for an outsider by this method to discover them against our will. While Dr. Jung was once explaining the method one of the students declared that he did not believe it applicable to normal individuals. Dr. Jung said: "If you will do just one thing, namely, associate the words as quickly as you can, I will tell you what complexes you have." As a result the records showed that whenever a word was used referring to travel the associations showed the three char-
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