ASSUMED ROLE

a behavioral role adopted by a person who accepts a particular social position or status, with the belief that his or her behavior is expected given the position or status. An example is the sick role, where a patient may act in a more needy way than the illness warrants. Also called role enactment.

ASSUMED ROLE: "Although no roles had been specifically assigned, the person began to take notes and took an assumed role as a secretary. "
Cite this page: N., Pam M.S., "ASSUMED ROLE," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 7, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/assumed-role/ (accessed January 21, 2020).
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