I think, like most gamers, my first way to consider RPG is really as a hobby. IMO a very socially oriented hobby, so it helps improving social skills implicitly. But I see what is your point, by accepting the role of a different persona we commit ourselves to adopt a different perspective on people and life. I'm not sure it really has a tremendous impact on real life, because role playing is often closer to comedy and shallow impersonation.
I would keep away from going too far with the analogy between therapy role playing and hobby role playing. They are two very different activities with only common name and superficial similarity. In France RPGs had a bad press at some point because some ill informed psychiatrists pretended that our hobby is like illegal medicine or voodoo psychotherapy gone wild. Therapy and hobby RPGs are just two different animals, with very different social contracts, purpose and ambitions.
But yeah I can definitely agree that I change by role playing. If it was only for the friendships it helped me elaborate and the way they shaped me in return, it would already be a massive transformation. I don't mind "crazy philosophical", if some members don't care for it they can skip to next thread, right ? right.
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