field theory: as defined by Lewin, a way of looking at the human mind as a complex energy field containing tension systems in various states of equilibrium, or balance. Human behavior represents a change in the state of this energy field.
figure-ground perception: the ability to visually differentiate between a sensory stimulation and its background.
formal operations stage: the fourth stage in Piaget's theory of cognitive development characterized by a person's ability to reason about abstract concepts.
free association: first used in psychoanalysis, a way to retrieve unconscious thoughts from patients by having them respond to a list of words by freely say with what they associate that word.
frequency distribution: systematic representation of data, arranged so that the observed frequency of occurrence of data falling within certain ranges, classes, or categories is shown.
fully functioning person: in Rogerian theory, a mentally healthy person.
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