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Do you use RP as a therapeutic outlet?

dichotomy

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Ìm just being curious really.
I admit to doing it. I use rp to shamelessly explore emotions. I use rp to get over people I cannot have sex with. I generally use rp as an outlet, to tackle the things that don't let me sleep at night. And while it IS an outlet and makes me feel oh so good, it isn't a "therapy" really.
Often roleplayers are accused of escapism... and i just fail to see what's bad about that.
What are your opinions on this?
 
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In theory, I would.
In practice, the process of roleplaying searching really just ends up being even more strung out.

But I suppose writing in general is something I use to vent. Or drawing. So yeah.
 

Dixon Steele

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Kind of I guess in the sense it is escapism and creativity. But I don't feel like I exorcise any demons or anything through it if that is what you mean.
 

dichotomy

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@Jellyfish - while it isn't funny i still had to chuckle. You are right, the process of finding the right rp can be gruesome!

@Dixon - Actually I think i meant to ask both with my initial question. I don't exorcise demons so to say either. But... can roleplay do that? What I actually DO with rp is get things out of my head. I happened to have the hots for my former boss (loooong story), but hitting it up with him was always out of the question. At that time i pursued a LOT of office romance rps, and was very happy with these.
I do practise escapism with rp. I love immersion. I love not having to think about the real world, while I am in my intense fantasy world. But - I do return to the real world, and I face the problems and challenges there, and thus i really fail to see how a bit of escapism is bad!
And I am aware that I seek roleplays that offer extremes. Extreme despair. Extreme pleasure. Extreme passion. Extreme fear. Because in this online i world i CAN experience those extremes. I love the excess! Because the only way to experience extremes for me is via imagination. And music. And sex.

@Cindy - thanks for your reply, allthough at the moment I don't understand it in the context of the question. *puzzled*
 

Dixon Steele

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@Dixon - Actually I think i meant to ask both with my initial question. I don't exorcise demons so to say either. But... can roleplay do that? What I actually DO with rp is get things out of my head. I happened to have the hots for my former boss (loooong story), but hitting it up with him was always out of the question. At that time i pursued a LOT of office romance rps, and was very happy with these.
I do practise escapism with rp. I love immersion. I love not having to think about the real world, while I am in my intense fantasy world. But - I do return to the real world, and I face the problems and challenges there, and thus i really fail to see how a bit of escapism is bad!
And I am aware that I seek roleplays that offer extremes. Extreme despair. Extreme pleasure. Extreme passion. Extreme fear. Because in this online i world i CAN experience those extremes. I love the excess! Because the only way to experience extremes for me is via imagination. And music. And sex.
That's cool. I like exploring extremes to an extent as well. I like characters who are seemingly "normal" and challenging them. I get what you mean about exploring situations you can't or shouldn't do in real life as well. Not sure if RP can exorcise demons, I suppose depending on what the persons demons are it might be possible. Not sure if that would make for a fun RP though.

I tend to live in my head as well and not many people I am around on a day to day basis get me. So to that degree RP is good in that I get to talk about whatever I like with someone. I love music as well, it speaks to me in a way that people never have.
 

CrimDragon

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Only if you say having fun is a therapeutic outlet. It is rather kind of holiday for my mind and imagination I guess.
However regarding eRP I guess it has a therapeutic component as I can 'live' some dreams I cannot in 'real life'.

In the end I still would say 'no' as I don't see it as a vent or actually fleeing the world. I may be addicted to the fun it provides, though :)
 

Shemalion

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absolutely I do. Its very hard to deal with childhood abuse in the real world. As I have said in another post, rping gives me triumph over that which held me down. Also Its like a "Screw you" to my abusers... you wanted to keep me down.. now that which hurt me as a child, gets me going as an adult hehe
 

The Goodman

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I really don't think it is wise, when so much rejection is involved in this process, to put a heavy load upon role-play as a necessary coping mechanism. Like, as something to vent, or relax, to explore dark themes or fantasy in a low-risk medium, or explore trauma ideas in a safe environment, then fine.

But as an actual mental health thing? Absolutely not. I know that for me, if someone says they have panic attacks or they get depressed when they don't have a current rp to post to or they get ghosted, it makes me want to stay clear away from that person.
 

alwaysmia

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Sep 11, 2019
This is an interesting topic... especially because I signed up to this forum just to do exactly that. Use roleplaying as a creative outlet. There could be some parts of mental health in it. My fantasies haven’t quite been shared with any of the men I’ve been with (just one really but it was always at the right time and very scarce) and now I feel this is the only way I can explore that side of myself.

Also I have to agree with what @Shemalion said ... child abuse has a way of lingering into adulthood. I’ve made my peace with it and have only taken the good bits along with me. Which is why I need a safe place to explore it.
 
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