Freudian Slip

Freudian Slip

Derived from Greek para- “beside, beyond” + praxis “act” from Latin.

A slip of the tongue is an embarrassing forgetfulness, a loss without repercussions, but also a slip up or a blunder that may be a source of hilarity.
This involuntary error is attributed to physical or mental failures, but it may also reveal and unveil something about our unconscious mind.
There are frequent cases of slips of the tongue, linguistic irregularities that manifest themselves by inverting words in a sentence or letters in words (spoonerisms) and using a word that has a meaning contrary to what we really wanted to use; or slips of the pen, an error caused by distraction when writing.

But it is also possible to commit slips of the ear, errors in listening, and slips of the eye, errors in reading.
Slips of the fingers committed by people who press keys on the keyboard are more modern in nature, but there are also slips of action or poorly executed actions that do not derive from a casual error but are omissive acts and the manifestation of an unconscious drive.

According to Freud, forgetfulness linked to recalling names – even in another language – and even entire sentences, losing things and sloppiness committed by people who do not know how to take care of themselves because they are distracted and inattentive are also slips.