In our other paper, Roles under Stress, we refer to the fact that time or energy spent in one role may be at the detriment of another role. It is often the case that the person wants to spend more time in another role, but seems to sabotage all attempts to “find time” for the second role. I’m going to spend time learning ballroom dancing, but I never get around to it. Frequently there is a reactivity problem involved. For example, it may be that my image as “Church Elder” is switching off my image of myself as a “social type” That is, “social type” is reactive to “church elder”.
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