[rohl-pley-ing] /ˈroʊlˌpleɪ ɪŋ/
a method of instruction or psychotherapy aimed at changing attitudes and behavior, in which participants act out designated roles relevant to real-life situations.
the modifying of a person’s behavior to accord with a desired personal image, as to impress others or conform to a particular environment.
verb (used with object)
to assume the attitudes, actions, and discourse of (another), especially in a make-believe situation in an effort to understand a differing point of view or social interaction:
Management trainees were given a chance to role-play labor negotiators.
to experiment with or experience (a situation or viewpoint) by playing a role:
trainees role-playing management positions.
verb (used without object)
to engage in role-playing.
(psychol) activity in which a person imitates, consciously or unconsciously, a role uncharacteristic of himself See also psychodrama
A psychotherapeutic technique, designed to reduce the conflict inherent in various social situations, in which participants act out particular behavioral roles in order to expand their awareness of differing points of view.
v. role-·played, role-·play·ing, role-·plays
To assume deliberately the part or role of; act out. n.
- Role-playing game
noun 1. a game in which participants adopt the roles of imaginary characters in an adventure under the direction of a Game Master. role-playing game noun 1. a game in which players assume the roles of fantasy characters
- Role reversal
noun a circumstance wherein two people adopt the opposite role of their normal one or switch normal roles
noun, Sociology. 1. the set of roles associated with a single social stratum.
noun, Sociology. 1. the stress or strain experienced by an individual when incompatible behavior, expectations, or obligations are associated with a single social role.