reality-testing

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:
1920–25

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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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