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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Definitions for parapraxis

  1. Psychology. a slip of the tongue or pen, forgetfulness, misplacement of objects, or other error thought to reveal unconscious wishes or attitudes.

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Citations for parapraxis
Slips of the tongue are rare with me. When I make them I can be sure I’m under strain. So I was horrified when I was describing to Denoon my odyssey through Old Naledi and heard myself say that when I saw the shebeen I decided to give the guys at it a wide breast. …But it was a proof of gentility that he overlooked my first parapraxis in his presence… Norman Rush, Mating, 1991
Are we back in that cesspool you called my precious unconscious. You've just had, it seems to me, a parapraxis. It's not my unconscious we're talking about here. Mishearing can be as revealing as misspeaking. Daniel Stern, A Little Street Music, 2004
Origin of parapraxis
Parapraxis can be traced to the Greek word prâxis meaning "act, action." The prefix para- is used in formation of loanwords from Greek and means "beyond, past, by." By extension, para- is also used to designate objects or activities auxiliary to or derivative of that denoted by the base word.