General Role-play benefits
Roleplay is perhaps one of the most beneficial mental exercises one can do. It allows you to leave your own body. It allows you to see things from a light you may not have had before. To build sympathy and travel in words that never existed.
Role-play could be seen as a mental mastery; its use allows us to live through experiences that we would not have ever lived through. It allows us to build neural pathways from experiences we never truly placed ourselves in… To be a role-player could be seen as becoming a mental master. Similar to the way Einstein once envisioned himself on a ray of light. It is to ride a horse when you have no legs. To fly when you have no wings. Role-play is to become whatever we want.
True role players can envision themselves in any situation. Absolute immersion allows us to truly shed the skin we are in and step into another skin and walk a life we never envisioned. Yet what benefits does this have? How can role-play help us?
For role-players, imagination is the key. It allows them to travel down roads never traveled. To fantasise about being the best they can, or if they hate their life, become someone else. It can allow them to climb the tallest mountain. Or to para-glide from the highest of heights. In a world in which we cannot truly travel to other planets. We can stand on the surface of Mars and imagine what it will be like in generations to come.
But role-play benefits do not end there. In science, role-players can develop the ability to construct within their minds the perceptual equations that very few understand. For engineers, they can envision their contraptions coming to life. Role-play has no limits on what it can create. As long as the people are involved are responsible and not manipulative, role-play can potentially be one of the biggest advantages to the human psyche.
For those who have a hard time dealing with other people, or perhaps were home-schooled. Role-play allows for the development of social skills. By interacting with various “characters” they begin to learn how to take various rules. Not only that, but in hosted role-plays, traits and characteristics of good and bad people can be perceived. As such those who have a hard time reading body language can develop innate talents in doing so.
For those who have a hard time communicating their thoughts, usually through role-play such as online role-play, such actions can become easier. This can bleed out into the real world and help allow introverts to better communicate with their peers.
Children who have a hard time relating with other children can also learn through lesser forms of role-play, to share. To express emotion. To stand their ground and to communicate clearly and effectively with their peers
One of the biggest attributes that role-play can offer one is skill building. Through tabletop role-play and certain online systems like SEMCS, it allows for the building of mathematics. Doing the maths to figure out problems, puzzles, and dice rules, help me personally not only catch up to peers as a child but surpass many of my classmates.
Other skills when applied, can lead to a better understanding of literally any form of academics. Depending on the form of role-play and who is hosting it one can easily incorporate schooling lessons that are much more exciting. For instance, the use of elements to solve problems in the game can help a child remember the periodic table, formulas and much more.
For those suffering from mental issues, role-play can be seen as a healthy way to relive events that caused the rise to any issue whether it be PTSD or Depression. Most situations can be re-lived in a semi-meditative state of lucid daydreaming. For those with anxiety, it can be used to confront crowds and build up a tolerance to the stress, without ever actually putting yourself in that situation. For mental illness alone, role-play can be more powerful than any medication