Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Slip and Trip – What’s actually in your mind

Has it ever happened to you? An innocent slip of tongue – but on reflection actually sputtered out what you actually wanted to say. Let me give you a recent example.

A friend of mine was interviewing this guy and everything was going well until he asked “why do want this job?”

The candidate quickly responded “The most important reason is the position’s EARNING potential … sorry I meant LEARNING potential”.

I’ll leave it to your imagination to figure out how the rest of the interview went.

It turns out this is a widely recognized condition called Freudian Slip. Here is the Wikipedia definition - A Freudian slip, is an error in speech, memory, or physical action that is interpreted as occurring due to the interference of some unconscious ("dynamically repressed") wish, conflict, or train of thought.

Here are some classic examples:

I wish you were her. (I wish you were here)

‘I declare this Department of Cynical — er, I mean Clinical — Psychology open.’

I'm mad you're here. (I’m glad you’re here)

A Freudian slip is when you say one thing but mean your mother

“OBAMA BIN LADEN DEAD”  (A Faux News Headline)

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