The Freudian Nip Slip

Sigmund Freud could never have known that his psychoanalysis techniques exploring parapraxis would one day lead to the term “Freudian slip.” Generally used to explain everything that comes out of your mouth that you have no excuse for saying under ordinary circumstances of good taste and decorum, Freudian slips also apply to physicality–specifically, the nip slip.

Freud in repose
Freud in repose

When you think about the most famous nip slip of all time, Janet Jackson at the Super Bowl in 2004, it’s immediately evident that “accidental” breast exposure is never really an accident. More often than not it’s a ploy, a way to show the world around you that you’ve got something to say, even if you don’t know exactly what it is. For the most part, it’s a jumping off point for getting people’s attention. Though if you don’t really have anything to say once you have gotten everyone’s focus, it can be somewhat embarrassing.

Exposed.
Exposed.

The literal sounding nature of a Freudian nip slip is slightly misleading–because there’s so much more to it than just a tit. In many ways, this form of slippage is likenable to Narcissistic Personality Disorder. An intense desire to be noticed and appreciated, paired with an utter lack of consideration for others, is highly conducive to the Freudian nip slip.

Possible victim of NPD (Narcissistic Personality Disorder)
Possible victim of NPD (Narcissistic Personality Disorder)

Although this specific term has yet to be as pervasive as the plain Freudian slip, over time, as nudity and its associated motives becomes more acceptable in America, it seems probable that this new form of the term could make its way into one’s everyday vernacular.