The objective evaluation of an emotion or thought against real life, as a faculty present in normal individuals but defective in psychotics.
- The therapist may offer the patient a combination of empathy and reality testing.
- Therapy is used to stress reality testing initially, and later to explore stressors, and improve coping skills.
- Thus, their reality testing appears intact, and the rebellious behavior or attitude shows itself to be the charade of mock independence that it is.
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