A 9-table stimulated matrix cluster vignette titled RealityTesting by J E D Cline on Tuesday, April 1, 2008 2:36:52 PM US/Pacific




grok the whole


sequential analysis


physical action


what ways does it exist

see if it is what was imagined

test its significance

does it fit with the larger whole


observe what happened

what is its physical substance

touch it physically

see if it works

Reality Testing

Sometimes one needs to do some "reality testing" to make sure one's inner model's imaginative significances match up with what can be detected about physical reality. As to what physical reality actually is, necessarily also is interpretative, from the sensory input of now, comparing with the lifetime of associations with similar physical sensory pattern flows. Moment by moment one uses sensory impressions in the here&now to continually morph one's internal mental model of reality such that responses of the outside world tend to match one's expectations of responses, such as the directing of one's hand to move toward an object and when the hand meets the object then notice the senses of touch producing incoming new sensory impressions, thus testing reality that way. Reality testing can also be done in predicting from other senses, such as audio, such as in ringing a bell and hearing the tone happening, just as expected, thus verifying that part of reality. Vision, too, can respond, such as turning toward an expected item, produces the sensory impression expected of that object. One's inner model of ongoing reality can come in handy when sudden loss of input from one sense, such as vision, one can still control one's actions to respond to the most recent guestimate of what the changing physical reality was expected to be, such as the time the car's electrical system suddenly quit as I was going around a mountain curve in a dark night, suddenly having only the sense of touch and proprioception to guide my steering and operation of the brakes to bring the car to a stop still on the road despite no visual sense of the road by which driving was primarily ongoing previously. Yet the more common usage of the term "reality testing" seems to involve the prediction of events in the social-controlled world; did people do as one expected, or not, and if not, how much was accurately predicted and how much and what parts did not match up? Perhaps the social hierarchies require people to respond according to their social place in the hierarchy, making sense to those who have the hierarchy of people as their primary model of reality, and considering other physical objects and reality merely subordinate to those people, and in that way linking into the greater whole of the universe. Thus people with Asperger's Syndrome would probably seem to endlessly be loose cannons on the deck of the managerial ship hierarchy of people. When there is the feeling that one's focus on one's inner model of the very complex world of inner and outer substance is not adequately matching up with what actually has been happening, it is time to do some reality testing.

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