Listen to it in full. Gladwell's storytelling is masterful. Once, I found myself agreeing out loud with him.
Parapraxis? Stephen Wright/Overland
Parapraxis, or what is more commonly termed the ‘Freudian slip’, has now become a sort of colloquial shorthand for a slip of the tongue, a slip popularly concerned with disclosures of a salacious nature. Actually parapraxis refers to any slips of the tongue, to slips of the pen, to mistakes, misreadings, mishearings, slips of memory and forgettings, and all the ways we try to hide from ourselves or find ways back to ourselves.
Through our mistakes that the authentic us shines through.