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role conflict

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 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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role conflict in Culture

role conflict definition

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.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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