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Freudian slips are actually an artifact of how your brain processes language!

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Have you ever been in a fight with your like, significant other and then accidentally called them your ex's name? Or gone to a restaurant and asked for a table for sex, instead of like, for six?

Besides completely embarrassing yourself and creating a situation that you're probably gonna regret for a long, long time, you made what's called a Freudian slip, which is named after a famous psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud. According to Freud, these moments reveal your hidden desires. So he would say that you like, had more on your mind than just dinner with your friends.

So it turns out that there isn't much truth behind that. The concept of Freudian slips came from Freud's research on the subconscious mind. He believed that you aren't actually aware of your true desires and that instead, they're hidden inside your subconscious. Those desires often have something to do with sex, since Freud thought bodily pleasure, whether with sex or even going to the bathroom, is your number one motivator in life.

But some of his theories about this went a little too far. Like, he famously believed that healthy toddlers should be sexually attracted to their opposite sex parent, which isn't actually normal or healthy.

To describe how he thought the mind worked, Freud developed his theoretical model of the subconscious which breaks down your mind into three parts: the id, the superego and the ego. The id contains those basic instincts which just want pleasure all the time, while the superego has your morals and self control. Since these two parts are at odds with each other, the ego acts like the referee. Its job is to manage those desires so that you can be both responsible and satisfied. Still, even with the ego Freud believed that those basic desires could reveal themselves when you're talking and those moments came to be called Freudian slips. (1:38)