Parapraxis - Definition

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Parapraxis is the manifestation of a subconscious desire, for example oversleeping on the day of a test, sending an email to the wrong recipient, a slip of the tongue... It is also sometimes defined as a seemingly illogical action which is actually in accordance with a certain subconscious desire. For psychoanalysts, it is the expression of a repressed desire that resurges through behavior. Parapraxis then reflects an inner conflict as it expresses an unconscious desire that is impossible to express consciously, but which makes itself known to the individual.