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  • Writer's pictureClaire Marie

The Freudian Slip

Have you ever been talking to someone and had something come out of your mouth that was so viscerally honest at a subconscious level that you couldn't believe you actually said it, much less out loud? Well, that's probably a good example of a Freudian Slip.

For me, it's not that common because I just don't talk that much, but I remember this one time vividly and it happened when I was talking to a (now) former boss. It was just four words but those four words have had a profound affect on my psyche. I think back to that day quite often, wondering if I really meant it, how I meant it, and what went through my boss' mind at the time. How did he interpret it? What did he think? (Self-analysis at it's most intense.)

By now, you're probably wondering just exactly what I said. Well, I said, "I don't like people." There. That's it. That's all I said, but I said it and once I said it, I couldn't take it back or pretend that I never did. (Funny how that works.)

Looking back, the expression on my face right after it came out was probably one of pure, outright mortification. I knew what I had said. I knew it was out loud. I also knew that, at a certain level, it was true yet I'm still a bit mortified all these years later.

Don't get me wrong, we all need people in our lives and I don't hate people. It's just that I get really tired of the whining and drama associated with so many people in the world that I just get tired of dealing with them to the point of not liking them. I do, in fact, enjoy watching people - watching how they act, react and interact. I just don't particularly enjoy being the person with whom they interact and I don't like crowds. After all, I am an introvert, but that's an article for another day.

Anyway, have you ever had a Freudian Slip that once said, a light bulb went off in your mind as to the gut-wrenching honesty of what was said?

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