reality testing


noun Psychiatry.

the objective evaluation of situations, defective in certain psychoses, that enable one to distinguish between the external and the internal worlds and between the self and the nonself.

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Origin of reality testing

First recorded in 1920–25
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Medical definitions for reality testing

reality testing

n.

In psychoanalytic theory, the ego function by which the objective or real world and one's relationship to it are evaluated and appreciated by the self.
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