Freud's contributions to the English language

The OxfordWords blog has an interesting post this week by Simon Thomas on common English words that originated with Freud. Thomas' post is titled Say one thing and mean your mother: the language of Freudianism. Interestingly it seems that the term "Freudian slip" did not originate with Freud himself. The term he used in German was "Fehlleistungen," which Thomas says is best translated as "failures" or as "faulty actions". After Freud's death, it was one of his translators who introduced the term Freudian slip. To read the full post, click on its title above.

The photo has nothing to do with the OxfordWords blog or with Freud; rather it was sent to me this week by one of the past year's students, Tom C. He said it reminded him of some of the illusions we studied when we were reading the section on Gestalt Psychology in Kukla's book. Do you see a man's head in profile, or do you see one side of a man's face head on? Perhaps you will be able to alternate between the two; but I don't think you will be able to see both at the same time. [I haven't been able to track down the original source of the photo; but if anyone comes across it elsewhere, let me know so I can properly attribute it.]