Reality Testing – High and Low Attributes

Emotional Intelligence (Bar-On Model)

Reality Testing: Objective; see things as they really are

Low level of Reality Testing

  • May not validate thoughts/emotions against objective data
  • Subjective; easily biased by emotions
  • Prefers abstract to concrete
  • Sets unrealistic goals
  • Creative
  • May see things the way one wishes they were and not what actually exists
  • May describe things accurately without adding meaning

High level of Reality Testing

  • Grounded; tuned-in to the situation at hand
  • Objective
  • Verifies one’s thoughts/emotions against other data
  • Makes sensible decisions; sets realistic goals

Reality Testing is a sub-scale of the Decision Making domain.

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