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What is Derailment?
This thought disorder can cause you to go ‘off track’ which is where the word comes from – after all, a train that goes off track is derailed. While it can be a hinderance in things such as planning, it can be used by authors to create an element of surrealism or playfulness into a piece of text. It can also be used in design methods, to create something unique.
The slippage of ideas further and further from the point of a discussion.
- loosening of association
- asyndetic thinking
- loss of goal
Discourse that sets off on a particular idea, wanders off and never returns to it.