Created By: Unknown Troper on July 20, 2009

Word Association

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Another element of Hollywood Psych parring the Inkblot Test and the "What was your mother like?" question as far as comedic possibilities for a Psychiatrist setting. Typically the scenario is that the psychiatrist will ask the patient a series of words and are told to say the first word that comes to mind.

  • ''Spongebob Squarepants" "Fear Of A Krabby Patty" Spongebob visits psychiatrist Dr. P. Lankton who lists off ingredients of a Krabby Patty. Spongebob just repeats whatever Plankton says. When Plankton says "Tomato", Spongebob says "Tomato". For flimsy justification Spongebob explained that when Plankton said a word, Spongebob thought of it as well.
  • An identical scene occurs in an episode of All Grown Up!.
  • Batman Adventures #9 : Bruce Wayne visits a psychiatrist would tries this on him. Bruce has to lie the way through.
    Doctor: Green.
    Bruce: (thinks of Posion Ivy) Money.
    Doctor: Work.
    Bruce: (thinks of fighting crime) That thing that Alfred does...
  • Animaniacs "De-Zanitized" Yakko responds to Dr. Scracthensniff's word association, just not the words that the doctor wanted.

    Originally ykttwed by Bryce Bryans
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  • July 19, 2009
    Done by the main character to David in Digital Fortress (the Dan Brown book).
  • July 20, 2009
    Live Action TV
    • In one Saturday Night Live skit a job interviewer (Chevy Chase) gave a Word Association Test to a black job applicant (Richard Pryor). It started out normal, then the interviewer started using racist words and phrases, causing the applicant to become angry. You can read it here.
    • Occurs in an episode of Becker.
    Regina Kostas: Dog.
    Becker: Leave.
    Regina Kostas: Tree.
    Becker: Me.
    Regina Kostas: Man.
    Becker: Alone.
    Regina Kostas: Hey!

    Western Animation
  • July 20, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    • On Just Shoot Me, Dennis uses it on Jack. When he throws in "out of work responsibilities", Jack responds "fired".
      • In another episode, Dennis suggests this approach when thinking of lyrics for a new Christmas song with Nina, who complains that she didn't like it when they played this game at the sanitarium. The session quickly devolves into Volleying Insults.
  • July 20, 2009
    • Done to Thomas in Old Harrys Game. He responds to everything with either "Hate" (for words like Mother, World etc) or "Want" (for words like Money, Power etc). Although he does respond to the word "Hate" with "Alan Titchmarsh"
    • Reversed in one game of Im Sorry I Havent A Clue, where the teams have to provide words that aren't associated with the previous word in any way. If the opposing team spots a connection, they buzz in and gain a point
    • In the first episode of Sam And Max Season 1, Sybil psychoanalyses Sam. I think this is one of the methods used- since you're trying to get Sybil to diagnose you with a particular condition, you have to give answers suggesting that you have a desire to see those around you grow old and fail or something.