Association is one way we connect or link things, mostly subconsciously and almost always automatically. Some associations are useful, some are not. Non-useful associations must be found and de-linked.

Kinds of Association

Simultaneous Associations

If X is true, Y is also true

If X is happening, Y is also happening

Sequential Associations

Sequential associations are cause-and-effect associations.

If X happens, Y will always follow

Creating Associations


Associations are strengthened by repetition.

Unconscious Learning

We are constantly and unconsciously learning through association. This rule can be expressed : "neurons that fire together, wire together." We are constantly learning about our environment this way. In a social context, this is the basis for imitation in learning.

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