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RolePlaying as therapy has always been part of the game.

One of the things I find amazing with roleplaying is the ability to draw quiet or anxious people into a more engaged role. This article covers many points but the core of it is covered in this quote:

author Sherman Alexie, who was born with hydrocephalus on the Spokane Indian Reservation, shares how the game influenced him in his formative years:

I was a little boy growing up in a dangerous world where nobody gave me a chance to make a saving roll. And yet, while playing Dungeons and Dragons, I pretended so often to have courage and strength that I learned how to display courage and strength in my real life. (Wizards of the Coast, 2004, as quoted in Harrison & Van Haneghan)

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/creative-synthesis/201107/the-role-anxiety-master


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