What is REALITY TESTING?
Psychiatry defines reality testing as a means by which an individual is able to clearly assess his or her limitations as they relate to biological, physiological, social or environmental realities, or the objective evaluation of sensory impressions, thus allowing the person to distinguish between the internal and external world and between fantasy and reality.
I cannot say this with authority, but I suspect all severe mental illnesses affect the ability to correctly assess one’s interactions with others.
Though I rarely say this outright; I believe my alternates are real.
I have to force myself to think of myself as ‘I’ and I only say “I” when discussing myself as separate from the people we call our ‘alternates’.
When I am “the face” I initially have vague memories of what happened before
I took over but they quickly fade
My compromised reality testing also compromises my ability to protect myself
I often feel like a child in a world of adults.
This is an excerpt from an interview with Kim Noble.
Kim Noble is a British artist and Mother who has over 20 distinct personalities. This is an interview with an alternate that is a 21-Year-old Gay Man. On the couch next to Kim is her daughter. The alternate thinks the daughter is the daughter of a friend.
Rob Goldstein 2020