Whether in business, the professions, the arts, or in personal and community life, such skills are essential in fostering The Group Projects or the Social Artistry which will lead to constructive change. Conversely, without these skills, collaborative activity tends to degenerate into the kinds of petty bickering which gives “committees” their reputation for inefficiency and interpersonal vulnerability.
Frank E. Weinert and Rainer H. Kluwe psychologists explain that Role-Playing develops a capacity for metacognition (or dialogue with unconsciousness) the ability to think about the ways one thinks. It is a natural result of the exercise of role-distance, the shifting between the role of the part being played and the role of the actor in the conference with the director about how that part should be performed. The resulting “choosing self” is a psychological complex which represents a degree of mental flexibility that is a step beyond the ordinary rational level of consciousness because it deals with the realistic capacity to shift among some different frames of reference. It may even be that this type of mental flexibility represents the next step in the evolution of consciousness.