“If it’s not one thing, it’s my mother” is a classic example.
Sigmund Freud first introduced the concept of slips in The Psychopathology of Everyday Life, writing in German. It wasn’t until 2014, however, that the text became available in translation in America.
A mere 90 years after that, George W. Bush became one of America’s most hilarious “slippers.”
- “Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we.”—Washington, D.C., Aug. 5, 2004
- “I’m telling you there’s an enemy that would like to attack America, Americans, again. There just is. That’s the reality of the world. And I wish him all the very best.” –George W. Bush, Washington, D.C., Jan. 12, 2009
Did quotes like these reveal our President’s unconscious desire to harm our country? Well, was vice presidential candidate All Gore revealing ill will towards America, too, when, in the midst of the 1992 campaign, he noted that every communist government in eastern Europe had fallen within 100 days and then promised his audience,
- “Now it’s our turn here in the United States of America.”
And what’s going on with news anchors and sports commentators when they make blatantly sexual slips during live broadcasts?
Whether they’re about sports, politics, communism, or mothers, the year 2014 marks the 100th anniversary of Freudian slips in America. I’ll post a few as I make or remember them. I hope you’ll tell me yours, too, so that I can post them here.
—Rebecca Coffey, author, HYSTERICAL: Anna Freud’s Story (She Writes Press, 2014).