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n. pl. par·a·prax·es (-prăk′sēz)
A minor error, such as a slip of the tongue, thought to reveal a repressed motive.

[para- + Greek praxis, act, action; see praxis.]


(Psychoanalysis) psychoanal a minor error in action, such as slips of the tongue, supposedly the result of repressed impulses. See also Freudian slip
[C20: from para-1 + Greek praxis a doing, deed]


(ˌpær əˈpræk sɪs)

also par•a•prax•i•a

(-ˈpræk si ə)

n., pl. -prax•es (-ˈpræk siz) also -prax•i•as.
a slip of the tongue, misplacement of objects, or other error thought to reveal unconscious motives.
[1935–40; para-1 + Greek prâxis act, action; compare praxis]


the process whereby a person fails to complete his intention, as by the mislaying of objects, thought to be the result of a conflict between unconscious and conscious intention.
See also: Psychology
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.parapraxis - a minor inadvertent mistake usually observed in speech or writing or in small accidents or memory lapses etc.parapraxis - a minor inadvertent mistake usually observed in speech or writing or in small accidents or memory lapses etc.
error, fault, mistake - a wrong action attributable to bad judgment or ignorance or inattention; "he made a bad mistake"; "she was quick to point out my errors"; "I could understand his English in spite of his grammatical faults"
Freudian slip - a slip-up that (according to Sigmund Freud) results from the operation of unconscious wishes or conflicts and can reveal unconscious processes in normal healthy individuals
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He imagines that there is a subtending "Real" of human experience (invested in the unconscious) that cannot be directly expressed through the logic of Western sciences and philosophies, nor the rhetoric of religions, nor the discourses of societal compacts--something that can only be expressed in metaphors couched in the form of symptoms, parapraxes, dreams, flashes of wit, and the like.
The unconscious that I am concerned with is the "dynamic" Freudian-Lacanian unconscious: the psychical system composed of ideas that have been repressed (most commonly, childhood wishes), which subsequently return to consciousness in disguised form, as compromise-formations such as dreams, parapraxes, and symptoms (Freud, 2001 [1900], 2001a [1915]; Laplanche and Pontalis, 1973: 474).
As will become clear, regressions into various forms of unfree activity, for example, in the forms of dreams, parapraxes, and neuroses--that is, the very modes of activity that we associate with the life of the unconscious-are, for Hegel, always possible.
Psychoanalysis treats these parapraxes as revealing because they are considered intentional, in fact, over-determined, providing access to the unconscious.
Freud used his work as a psychoanalyst to study these slips of the tongues or parapraxes or Freudian slips, as they were later called.
But each story incorporates Canal's awareness of parapraxes, which not only contribute to the solution of the enigma but also bring psychoanalytic depth to the various characters who inhabit the stories, whether members of the investigating team or those investigated.
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