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testing

 [test´ing]
administration of one or more tests.
bedside laboratory testing in the nursing interventions classification, a nursing intervention defined as performance of laboratory tests at the bedside or point of care.
compatibility testing the determination of the compatibility of the recipient's serum and the donor's red blood cells by pretransfusion testing to ensure that the product will survive in and improve the clinical condition of the recipient.
criterion-referenced testing the comparison of a person's score or performance with a standard of achievement that includes the definition of target behaviors. See also criterion-referenced evaluation.
exercise testing see exercise testing.
reality testing objective evaluation of the external world and differentiation between it and the ego or self. Impaired reality testing is seen in psychological defense mechanisms that falsify reality, such as projection and denial, and it is a major criterion of psychosis.
stress testing exercise testing.

re·al·i·ty test·ing

in psychiatry and psychology, the ego function by which the objective or real world and one's subjectively sensed relationship to it are evaluated and appreciated; the ability to distinguish internal distortion and fantasy from accurate representation of external events.

reality testing

an ego function that enables one to differentiate between external reality and an inner imaginative world and to behave in a manner that exhibits an awareness of accepted norms and customs. Impairment of reality testing is indicative of a disturbance in ego functioning that may lead to psychosis.

reality testing

Psychiatry The ability to evaluate the external world objectively and differentiate it from the internal world. See Psychosis.

re·al·i·ty test·ing

(rē-al'i-tē test'ing)
psychiatry, psychology The ego function by which the objective or real world and one's subjectively sensed relationship to it are evaluated and appreciated; the ability to distinguish internal from external events.
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In doing so, mediators are making assumptions they then put to the test in reality testing with the parties, to assist the party in identifying and naming the situation.
This allows him to conclude that literary experience is characterized by a suspension of reality testing that results from the suppression of action.
What Prospero accomplished as he devoted himself to a mourning process of reality testing and science, abandoning his political duties in Naples, is the institutionalization of a fetish world underwritten by the magic he practiced in response to his missing wife's modeling career.
Energy is focused on clearly identifying the problem, generating solutions, and reality testing for the do-ability of those solutions.
That posh bird's handbag - Going through reality testing.
Since it was personally financed by clinicians without any formal business or executive training, there was only naive enthusiasm on opening day and little advance business reality testing or preparedness.
It has similar objects, involves similar symptoms, and sometimes has a similar resolution: melancholia can sometimes be gradually overcome after reality testing in a way analogous to the reality testing of mourning.
Development through the life stages can be guided, partly by facilitating the maturing of abilities, interests, and coping resources and partly by aiding in reality testing and in the development of self-concepts.
They demonstrated questioning, independence, creativity, and reality testing as they sought to take standard practices to renewed relevance.
It is in this movement back and forth between self-reflective, self-critical subjectivity and the reality testing of political exigency that readers must find "paths [of their] own" (137).
The ninth grade becomes reality testing," says Nancy Perry, executive director of the American School Counselor Association.