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How can Cobb use Mal's totem for a reality check?

Isn't this defeating the whole idea of totems.

That totem belongs to Mal so how can Cobb use that to check for reality. Wouldn't that give inaccurate result??

marked as duplicate by Ankit Sharma Apr 23 '18 at 11:14

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    Possible duplicates here and here. – Walt Oct 21 '17 at 11:47
  • Agree on the duplicate point, particularly the second one. – Steve-O Oct 21 '17 at 15:05

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