Mind-maps as projective devices
Mind-maps are exciting projective devics that can be used for personal creativity, consumer market research, delving deeply or superficially into new associations, expanding and ferreting out an issue, topic, insight, or any starting point.
The technique is deceptively easy. Take a piece of paper, line up some colored markers, and put your first word or topic on the paper. You can circle or box the topic in or leave it as is. Then, draw a line and somewhere put another word that you associate with the original word. You can put it in a box, circle, or keep it near or on a line. You can work on that section, and add other associations, making it look somewhat like one side of a leafy tree or cluttery map. Then, come up with a whole other association that is quite different, and start a whole new line of thought.
Continue this process with words and drawings until the entire page is filled with lines, arrows, words, and small drawings that represent associations of your topic. Make it juicy, radical, no holds barred.
When done, look at it. You will be surprised at what you have wrought with comparative facility.
I am in the midst of reading Carl Jung's (ed. Aniela Jaffe) Memories, Dreams, Reflection -- Jung's last work partially created at the end of his life, then published after his death at age 83. I was seeking around the internet about the book and discovered this mind-map of Carl Jung's Memories by Steven Kleon of Steal like an Artist. I am fascinated by the idea of mind-mapping the work of a great theorist or doing one of my own work. A mind-map could stand as its own work of artunderstanding or morph into something new based upon the totality of one of the associative images or branches of the tree.