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role conflict

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  1. emotional conflict arising when competing demands are made on an individual in the fulfillment of his or her multiple social roles.

Origin of role conflict

First recorded in 1960–65
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role conflict in Culture

role conflict

A situation in which a person is expected to play two incompatible roles. For example, a boss will suffer role conflict if forced to fire an employee who is also a close friend.

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