Well.... I associate "role-playing" with some of the activities that are done at corporations these days; so I think, "stupid" (the activity, not the people doing it - but maybe the people who think it's a useful thing to do at a company ). I'm aware that people sometimes do role-playing in other settings, but I only associate with those corporate "get-togethers" that - sorry - I do think are a stupid way to get messages across to employees. Maybe it's just me, but I'd also think "stupid" if it were in a setting like a counseling session. (In case I wasn't already clear... Please understand I mean that the activity is "stupid". I'm not referring to you AT ALL by coming up with that word as my "word-association thing" for "role-playing".
I agree--"stupid." Years back, when I tried being a "Tupperware Lady," (LOL--Epic Fail!)... they did these workshops with role-playing on how to convince the hostess to book another party, or the guests to book one at all.
The trouble I found was, the people we needed to convince WERE NOT AT THE WORKSHOP TO LEARN THEY SHOULD AGREE to our "persuasions."