ROLE SHIFT By N., Pam M.S. - April 28, 2013 In interactions between two people in a relationship, one party will adopt the characteristics and behavioral patterns of the second party. See also: role reversal. ROLE SHIFT: "The role shift in the relationship was a little bit creepy." Related Psychology Terms ROLE SET ROLE-PLAYING RESEARCH BEHAVIORAL DYNAMICS SOCIAL RELATIONSHIP ASSUMED ROLE ROLE EXPECTATIONS INTERPERSONAL RELATIONS BEHAVIOR REHEARSAL ROLE CONFUSION PERSONALITY INVENTORY Cite this page: N., Pam M.S., "ROLE SHIFT," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 28, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/role-shift/ (accessed December 15, 2019).