- 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.
Origin of role-playing
First recorded in 1940–45
- 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.
- to engage in role-playing.
Origin of role-play
First recorded in 1945–50
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Examples from the Web for role-playing
Baum asked whether these criteria also fit some of the chats deemed to be just role-playing.Cannibal Cop May Be Saved by His Own Words
February 28, 2013
For instance, when kids participate in role-playing as part of a Tools classroom, there are rules.Let Preschoolers Play!
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April 5, 2011
And as I advanced through my career, I realized that authenticity is more important than role-playing.Carrying Values Into the Corner Office
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November 16, 2010
I am going to relate another example which I hope will help you understand the role-playing technique for self-hypnosis.
This same pattern is precisely what you are to follow in using the role-playing technique.
If, after several weeks, you should still not be successful, use the role-playing technique.
- psychol activity in which a person imitates, consciously or unconsciously, a role uncharacteristic of himselfSee also psychodrama
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- 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.
- To assume deliberately the part or role of; act out.
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