Freudian slip

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freud·i·an slip

a mistake in speech or deed that presumably suggests some underlying motive, often sexual or aggressive in nature.
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Freudian slip

A verbal mistake that is thought to reveal a repressed belief, thought, or emotion.
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freu·di·an slip

(froyd'ē-ăn slip)
A mistake in speech or deed that presumably suggests some underlying motive, often sexual or aggressive.
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Freudian slip

A popular term for any minor error, or muddle, in speech or writing that appears to reveal an unconscious wish or preoccupation. Such slips are inevitable in the operation of any system as complex as that of the human mind, and while there are numerous obvious instances in which errors may display opinions and prejudices we are trying to conceal, there is no reason to accept Freud's claim that they are always significant. Freud used the term parapraxis. See also FREUDIAN THEORY. (Sigmund Freud, 1856–1939, Austrian neurologist and psychiatrist).
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Sigmund, Austrian neurologist and psychiatrist, 1856-1939, founder of psychoanalysis.
Freud theory - a comprehensive theory of how personality is formed and develops in normal and emotionally disturbed individuals.
freudian - relating to or described by Freud.
freudian fixation
freudian psychoanalysis - the theory and practice of psychoanalysis and psychotherapy as developed by Freud.
freudian slip - a mistake in speech or deed which presumably suggests some underlying motive, often sexual or aggressive in nature.
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Double parapraxes unlike single parapraxis seems to give way to utter incoherence, or perhaps it is just more volubly inventive.
What we have in the above instances from Ensor and Collins is, typically for parapraxes, a compromise formation - between fear of a punitive censor and a desire to vent the truth openly.
Where Atheism is clearly different from Therapy is that it casts the Atheistic therapist in the active role: he consciously uses techniques like negation, displacement, and parapraxes to evade the censor with the aim of subverting the religious illness.
In psychoanalytic terms, I want to suggest that the film's "mistakes" take on the significance of "cinematic parapraxes," bungled actions or unintentional performances which prove--in Freud's formulation--"to have valid motives and to be determined by motives unknown to consciousness" (Freud 1901, 239).
As in the cases of the other two parapraxes, this critique of mimesis essentially works by introducing discontinuities into the putatively closed system of the film as a "self-sufficient" work of art, thereby calling into question the presuppositions lying behind the functioning of the film as an apparently transparent narrative.
See Sigmund Freud, "Parapraxes," in The Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud, trans.
She shows well how every page of Joyce's late novel is permeated with word-shapings and deformations, based on multiple principles of punning, languages other than English, and Freudian parapraxes that reveal unconscious functionings.
If the erasures we have been examining are considered parapraxes, then we might expect a dream to locate the "missing object," the original body which has been erased.