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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.
Origin of reality testing
1920-25 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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reality-testing in Medicine

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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