Slip of the Tongue (Freudian Slip)

Watching this short clip, can you pick what Josh says that indicates he knows that his wife is already dead?
Slips of the tongue (also referred to as Freudian slips) is a mistake in speech that often betrays an unconscious thought or feeling. They do not prove deception or the intent to deceive, however they are often revealing. Interviewed parents who know what happened to their missing children occasionally make the mistake of changing tense; “She was an amazing child” rather than “She is an amazing child”. This slip of the tongue reveals that the interviewed parent either knew (or strong suspected) their child was already dead.
During Josh’s interview he refers to his wife in the past several times, which is just ONE tell the he’s hiding something.
Slip of the Tongue Catches a Killer and Accomplice:
On 4 August 2002, school caretaker Ian Huntley murdered two 10-year-old girls in a small village in Cambridgeshire. Maxine Carr was interviewed and accidentally slipped into the past tense twice while speaking about the missing girls. This lead to further questioning and investigation, and the remainder of the girls’ burnt clothes in Huntley’s possession. Carr’s slip of the tongue indicated that she knew more about the disappearance than she was letting on.


About Stu Dunn

With a background in sales and behavioural science, I enjoy learning more about people, behaviour, psychology - which led into motivation - and more recently - sales again. Having started my own real estate company with my wife, it's time to merge interests.
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