Definition of role reversal in English:

role reversal


  • A situation in which someone adopts a role the reverse of that which they normally assume in relation to someone else, who typically assumes their role in exchange.

    ‘one marriage counsellor makes use of role reversal, inviting husband and wife to pretend to be each other’
    • ‘Using role reversal in a lesson, by having the student teach the teacher, can be an effective teaching technique and can result in deeper understanding on the parts of the teacher and the student.’
    • ‘Three officers from the Aboriginal Curriculum Unit came to Meadows and conducted activities, based in role-play and role reversal.’
    • ‘They fought to overcome what they considered stereotypical - remember the sensitivity training and role reversals in the seventies and eighties?’