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Berman, D. (1988). Deliberate Parapraxes. Int. R. Psycho-Anal., 15:381-384.

(1988). International Review of Psycho-Analysis, 15:381-384

Deliberate Parapraxes

David Berman


This paper explores the concept of a deliberate parapraxis, that is, an apparent slip of the pen contrived by an author to activate, or foster, an unconscious intention, fear or attitude. It is argued that this extension of Freud's concept can help to illuminate passages in Edward Gibbon's 'Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire'.

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