Dramatic activities encourage spontaneous and directed interactions with others. Dramatic enactment is similar to the dramatic play of children. It involves playing roles, the creation of plots and their resolution, expression of feeling, and spontaneous dialogue.

By engaging in activities called role play, not as oneself, but as an imagined or assigned other, one can experience a wide range of feelings, attitudes, and actions that he may not have access to within the scope of his own identity. Since everyone accepts that this action has no serious consequences, there is room for experimentation and risk taking. In drama, imagination can generate alternative positive outcomes to previous unresolved, sometimes traumatic, experiences.