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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.]
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(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]
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(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]
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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.
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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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Save for occasional parapraxis, it would be uncharitable to couch his personality in any forms of complex, though the ways of his aides, particularly over-sabi security men, could make a disdain for him from unintended quarters.
It would perhaps be too much for me to ask my reader at this stage to have "faith" in me to "believe" that the present essay is part of a more ambitious project, in which I may attempt a more extended justification of such a claim to imagining a possibility of distancing from the Western critical "show".4But that requires at least a book length treatment for its fuller articulation, and for the purpose of this particular essay I would have to leave my reader only with a few (re)marks appearing in the "unconscious" of my essay, I mean the marginal, paratextual notes, occasionally, like the Freudian parapraxis, that give only an indication of what I had to "repress" here for the limitations of length, that is, the distant location of my possible refuge from the Western critical tradition.
This is known as the "Signorelli parapraxis" in the annals of Freudian psychoanalysis and is a famous example from Freud's own life of his principle of repressed memory.
In the juxtaposition of Lidov's article and Strunnikov's photograph, the coalescence of the two attitudes seems almost accidental; it could even be read as a kind of revealing parapraxis. In Aliger's two endings, however, the doubling constitutes a genuine part of the poem's aesthetic fabric.
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." The critic is caught in the very act of "making meaning," while, at the same time, resisting the temptation to conflate the past and the present into a timeless continuum.
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.
One is thus tempted to think of Freud's claim that the famous "slip" (parapraxis) indeed taps into a submerged reality and is apt to mediate access to occluded (or unheard) truths that are expressed in silence, forgetting, or fantasy.
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.' Rather, by saying, 'would enter the ring with one of the negroes himself,' Miss Rosa seems to identify Sutpen as one of the negroes" (110).
Precisely in its recognition of the essential dimension of subjectivity did it manage to find a functional praxis as psycho-analysis: the study of the structures of the psyche of the subject of the analysis, brought forth for "objective" study only by the subjective activity of the analysis itself (i.e., 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. Falstaff evidently finds some temporary relief, even as he imagines himself as potentially reprobate, in casting that same threat against others, even in jest.