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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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Today: Mad Love single launch (7pm, Parish, Huddersfield), Makanitza (9pm, Small Seeds, Huddersfield), Mike David (St Pat's Club, Huddersfield), Parapraxis (The Barge, Brighouse), Speed Weasel, (The Bridge, Longroyd Bridge).
At one level the allusion to these sounds occupies the status of a parapraxis, but it is nonetheless a "translation.
Despite its origins in that humble parapraxis, the show, titled "Your Vacuum Blows, which Sucks," was hugely ambitious in scope and scale, comprising a meandering thirty-nine-minute video (produced in collaboration with Alexandra Lerman and screened at Miguel Abreu's Orchard Street space) and (at the gallery's capacious Eldridge Street location) a mazelike concatenation of walls, both fixed and demountable, supporting, framing, or containing paintings, collages, and an assortment of readymades consisting mostly of hardware and household appliances--electrical cable, vacuum cleaners, a leaf blower, a sewing machine, a ladder, and so on.
The discussion is theoretically guided by the idea of parapraxis (as developed from the Freudian concept of Fehlleistung or "failed performance"), which addresses the ways in which public missteps in the presentation of the generally accepted symbolic mandates of German public life have repeatedly served to inadvertently reveal unresolved and conflicted aspects of German national identity and self-image, particularly as they have played out between generations.
Doreen Fowler astutely points out that Rosa's syntax, a telling parapraxis, insinuates a merging of races: "[Rosa] does not say, 'he himself would enter the ring with one of the negroes.
the analytical determination of the meaning of dreams, parapraxis, humor, and so on as constituted linguistically).
The process that Shakespeare intuits is the same that Freud later explains theoretically via the idea of parapraxis.
More to the point: far from a parapraxis, the young colleague's misremembering is actually an entirely appropriate way of engaging with Goethe's poem.
Most welcome is a Thomas Elsaesser essay "'Rescued in Vain': Parapraxis and Deferred Action in Konrad Wolf's Stars", what I believe to be the most accomplished treatment of the film in English and to be published as part of a forthcoming book by the author.
In a sense, these discrepancies reveal the conflicted unconscious of the university through an institutional parapraxis.
Atchley adds, "writing a/theologically is parapraxis, that is, a praxis which involves 'failure, slip, error, or mistake'.