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What is reality testing?

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry
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In brief: Reality testing

Reality testing is your ability to distinguish what's happening in your own mind, from what's occurring in the outside world.
It's a very important ego function, and can be very impaired in delusional psychotic illness. To a lesser degree it can also be problematic in non-psychotic people -- such as when your own discomfort makes you think others are critical of, or are disliking you.

In brief: Reality testing

Reality testing is your ability to distinguish what's happening in your own mind, from what's occurring in the outside world.
It's a very important ego function, and can be very impaired in delusional psychotic illness. To a lesser degree it can also be problematic in non-psychotic people -- such as when your own discomfort makes you think others are critical of, or are disliking you.
Dr. Pamela Pappas
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