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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.
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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.
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Despite the historical association of Freudian theory with social reform in America-an association that drew humanists like Michael Harrington into analysis -the two are, in practice, antithetical.
Perhaps the most important indication of the Menniger-centeredness of the monograph is Friedman's adoption of the Freudian paradigm to explain familial relationships and their influences on institution building.
Lynch used an obviously mechanical chirping robin as a sign of hope and joked about the already blatant Freudian subtexts in his tale of sexual perversity by naming an apartment building the Deep River.
While that film was graphically Freudian, ``Audition'' approaches some of the same issues - abandonment, exploitation, the thin mental and physical membranes that separate pleasure from pain - with sadistic ingenuity.
The "first generation of feminist Shakespeareans" (represented here by Coppelia Kahn on Lucrece, 1976; Gayle Greene on Othello, 1979; Marianne Novy on marriage and the family, 1981) may have tended to treat literature and history in a Tillyardian reflectionist manner, valorized "image-of-women" criticism, and/or relied too heavily on Freudian notions of the family and its members.
With what might be called a new humanism, Watson reaches beyond the familiar oedipal narratives, the sexual sub-plots, and the economies of the gaze that have scripted traditional Freudian or psychoanalytic literary criticism.
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An appendix to Freudian Fraud summarizes more than two dozen studies that attempt to substantiate a link between toilet training and personality traits and finds none (Freud hypothesized that botched toilet training leads to a number of possible "problems," ranging from homosexual orientation to paranoia to a fixation with order).
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Preserving Disorder," a chapter named for Daley's famously Freudian slip about his cops, documents how little he understood either law or order.
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