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What are freudian slips?

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Dr. Glen Elliott
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
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In brief: Errors of speech

Freud noted that sometimes people say things "accidentally" that really have relevance and meaning to a situation, revealing what a person is thinking without intending to do so.
For example, imagine you see some with a *huge* nose who is wearing a rose. You mean to ignore the one and complement the other but instead say, "what a gorgeous nose." the unconscious is sneaking through.

In brief: Errors of speech

Freud noted that sometimes people say things "accidentally" that really have relevance and meaning to a situation, revealing what a person is thinking without intending to do so.
For example, imagine you see some with a *huge* nose who is wearing a rose. You mean to ignore the one and complement the other but instead say, "what a gorgeous nose." the unconscious is sneaking through.
Dr. Glen Elliott
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In brief: Always embarrassing

A freudian slip is a fumbled bit of speech that expresses something we would be embarrassed to say otherwise.
They possibly reveal thoughts that are hedged about with the anxiety that they might be spoken--and then we do. "nice to beat you, " smiles a woman when she meets the ex-girlfriend of her husband.

In brief: Always embarrassing

A freudian slip is a fumbled bit of speech that expresses something we would be embarrassed to say otherwise.
They possibly reveal thoughts that are hedged about with the anxiety that they might be spoken--and then we do. "nice to beat you, " smiles a woman when she meets the ex-girlfriend of her husband.
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