Let's say a person's reality sucks and he starts living in a fantasy but time to time again he realizes the reality, his status, his real image in front of other people. What would this realization be called?

The closest word I can think of is becoming self-conscious.

Any other word you would like to suggest


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"getting real" seems to be the idiom you're looking for.

  • Getting real is the act of giving yourself a reality check.

  • When someone tells you to get real, they want you to get a reality check and to stop behaving as though you're living in a fantasy world.

  • Hey, it's time you got real.
  • You think you'll win the lottery if you buy one ticket a week? Get real!
  • Get real! He's never going to give you the money.

What do you think about the adjective disillusioned?

  • disappointed and unhappy because of discovering the truth about something or someone that you liked or respected: - He's become a disillusioned man. All the other teachers are thoroughly disillusioned with their colleague.

Cambridge Dictionary


You could say this person had a flash of self-awareness, meaning they became conscious of their own character and position in life. You could even say that they had a sudden epiphany, or moment of insight, that brought upon a flash of self-awareness.

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