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Health & Nutrition - - Q&A - Dr Ashit Sheth, Psy­chi­a­trist

What causes a brain fart?

S k Nair, Su­rat

The ex­act mean­ing of ‘brain fart’ is not clear but one in­ter­pre­ta­tion is ‘Freudian slip’- which means speak­ing some­thing out of con­text but which is linked to the sub­con­scious con­tent. E.g. “I wanted to re­pair and sex (fix) it.” An­other mean­ing of ‘brain fart’ is some­thing that is easy to re­mem­ber but slips out of your mind. At times, you can’t re­mem­ber names of close peo­ple and it cre­ates se­ri­ous em­bar­rass­ment. Both are in­no­cent ac­tiv­i­ties and have no clin­i­cal sig­nif­i­cance

or psy­cho­log­i­cal ab­nor­mal­i­ties and have no spe­cific treat­ment. What I would ad­vice is not to get anx­ious as anx­i­ety would make it worse. The for­got­ten name will be col­lected when the ef­fort is given up.

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