role playing

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engaging in enjoyable, recreational activity.
acting or behaving in a specified way.
role playing a technique used in family therapy and group therapy, particularly psychodrama, in which members of the group act out the behavior of others in specific roles in order to recognize the roles and to clarify role responses and choices.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.
(1) The voluntary and conscious adoption of a particular role—e.g., a child adopting the role of parent under another person—e.g., a psychotherapist. Role playing provides insight on how the person playing the role perceives other person(s), and a window through which the person playing the role may see the other person’s vantage
(2) An integrated behaviour and repertoire of responses that is learned and automatic which reflects a person’s function in a situation
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Q. I was shocked to note that genes play a vital role in building muscles Is this possible? I am , 20 years old. I am always dreaming to build muscle like my favorite hero who maintains 8 abs. Anybody can dream but to live that dream is a difficult task. Out of curiosity, I had discussed my desire to build muscles with my friends. But I was shocked to note that genes play a vital role in building muscles. My family doesn’t have a history of muscles and this fact has put me in to a difficult situation. Is this possible…If so, how can I live my dream? If the family doesn’t have a history of muscle growth, then what happens to the generation which follows them? I need a positive feedback to my query……

A. there's a genetic potential for fitness, like there is a genetic connection and potential for inelegance. but no matter how smart are your parents- if you won't study you won't live that potential, and some one who doesn't have that genetic ability and will study- will be better. the same thing with physical fitness.

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These data reveal no discernible disparity in the publication of role playing studies between journals.
Viewed within journals over time, there does not appear to be a consistent trend in the percentage of role playing studies published.
Despite the fact that role playing has a formidable history as a tool used to facilitate training in interpersonal skills (e.g., Trower, Bryant, & Argyle, 1977), job skills, (e.g., Ivancevich & Smith, 1981), and psychotherapeutic well-being (e.g., Goldstein & Simonson, 1971), its use as an experimental method has been the subject of considerable debate (Greenberg & Folger, 1988).
227), Freedman countered that role playing studies reveal "what people think they would do, not necessarily what they [actually] would do" (1969, p.
Importantly, it need not be argued that there exists any correspondence between what people say they would do and what they actually do for there to be any value to role playing data.
In this regard, we believe that critics of the role playing method have made a valid point.
Although role playing studies may be conducted for different purposes, it is important to recognize that all role playing studies may be characterized as differing along three key dimensions (Greenberg & Folger, 1988).
Role playing studies vary with respect to the degree of active involvement participants encounter (Ginsburg, 1979; Hamilton, 1976; Hendrick, 1977).
Although the continuous nature of the passive-active dimension makes it difficult to unambiguously identify the exact number of nonactive versus active role playing studies published, it is possible to identify cases falling at various points along the continuum.
Still, both are role playing studies because the participants in both are behaving as if they are in a certain situation, but realize, of course, that their actions have no real impact.
Most of the role playing studies published in the surveyed literature asked subjects to play themselves, either in a situation that was familiar to them, or one that was unfamiliar to them.
Although far less common, some role playing studies require subjects to behave in ways they would imagine another person would - either in a familiar or an unfamiliar situation.