role-conflict

role conflict

noun
emotional conflict arising when competing demands are made on an individual in the fulfillment of his or her multiple social roles.

Origin:
1960–65

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role conflict definition


A situation in which a person is expected to play two incompatible roles. For example, a boss will suffer role conflict if forced to fire an employee who is also a close friend.

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