Freudian slip

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Freudian slip

Any inadvertent verbal or written mistake that reveals, or can be construed as revealing, an unconscious or repressed intention, belief, thought, attitude, etc. Named for the Sigmund Freud, considered the founding father of psychoanalysis, whose work largely focused on the unconscious and repressed elements of the human psyche. He said the wrong woman's name during his wedding ceremony, a Freudian slip that sent the bride-to-be into tears.
See also: Freudian, slip

a ˌFreudian ˈslip

a mistake in speaking or writing which shows what you really think or feel about somebody/something: ‘I’ve never loved, I mean I’ve never stopped loving, my mother.’ ‘Was that a Freudian slip?’This is named after Sigmund Freud.
See also: Freudian, slip
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The situation is different with parapraxes or Freudian slips, where the intruding content of the sub-conscious mind distorts the pre-speech message formation.
The difference is, some of us work hard at learning to overcome what we have learned throughout a lifetime, while others make Freudian slips, like Sullivan did, or worse.
The promptings of the unconscious, far from being motives or sources, are afterthoughts, Freudian slips in the process of self-quotation.
To most individuals the word psychoanalysis conjures up images of Sigmund Freud, the couch, infantile sexuality, Freudian slips, the tripartite structure of personality, dream analysis, transference, and toilet training.
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Mangled names, slips of the tongue, Freudian slips and smooshed-together words have been recorded in an aging spiral notebook dubbed the ``diptionary.