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Can you please help me understand reality testing? I need to "reality test" my project, but I don't understand what that means.

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I understand that terms like this could be hard to get a grip of especially since it appears to be a 'process' - something that you must do. First, let us talk about what a reality test is. In the social sciences, a reality test is the process of testing ideas, projects, concepts and theories in the real world. Often as in the case of scientists and academics, they formulate their ideas in the confines of their classrooms, laboratories, libraries and research facilities. There are 2 kinds of 'life/social systems' as it is - open and closed. The closed system is one where all the variables are accounted for, therefore everything can be explained as the scientist has full control. Consider a chemist working in the confines of his laboratory on a controlled experiment - he knows the chemicals he is using, he is testing for effect and determined to get the results. Once the results are out, he can explain the process he went through, the chemicals he used. But the real world is not a closed system - there are a lot of unknowns. In the ...

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The solution provides information, assistance and advise on the topic of reality testing, an essential process undertaken in research studies. The solution also lists likely resources that might be helpful to the student.