Update: Please bear in mind that this was a direct port from a discord chat so a lot of this is out of context. So apologies for any confusion or lack of clarity as to what exactly is being brought up here. To summarize
Jeremy and I were discussing larp as a tool for therapy and I agree it's great as a control for those who need to be equipped for every day life. However the caveat being, as players, what is the line for where someone's emotional labor or expectations are drawn? How much do we allow this therapy to go before it is imposed unto unwilling participants. It also boils down to the social contract when we as players who enjoy this hobby for stress relief, escapism, therapy, etc etc and what is agreed upon. This is so we as a community can explore this together to understand the social contract between one another. This is to be a series of topics for us to improve upon and as a Player Rep lead I feel it is my duty to be able to explore these thoughts with you all so that we establish boundaries and clear up common place misunderstandings. The first of which topics is as titled of the discussion of Emotional Labor & Emotional Expectations.I understand that this conversation may invoke some charged emotions and that is perfectly valid. There are members of this community that have chosen to pursue this conversation further than a normal discord chat hence the reasoning of this post. I ask that all participants be cognizant of the sensitive nature of this discussion.As always I am available on the Discord to discuss if there is more clarification needed.
As requested by participating members in Discord.Also please observe the following comment before continuing.
Regarding that forum post @Uncle Aiki | Robert Ira et al; Perhaps a disclaimer should exist at the end to alleviate anything that may trail the conversation otherwise. We've experienced sensational tendencies where, while the opinion can be valid, in turn do a text-base version of talking over those whose opinions are of equal importance. Of similar importance, refraining from conjecture and personal criticism should be kept to a minimum. Speaking with proper discretion; If someone needs to be called out, then it should be taken up in a manner as to not divert what needs to be done. Any passive comments at a person or opinions do not need to exist in a constructive conversation.
Absolutely agreed with Chris. Any comment in this discussion that carries personal criticism towards any member will be removed. This is a genuine inquiry based on LARP being used as a medium for constructive therapy. The question I had posed for discussion, as it has been a topic in countless larp spheres, is the following:"Constructively how do we address those who impose emotional labor and expectations unto others?"This question no doubt can be expanded upon. The aim of this inquiry is to ensure that those who utilize LARP as a control to engage in "day to day" out of game lives that do not overstep boundaries. We could also reasonably ask what these boundaries would be as well. This topic is to serve as a centric means of discussion so that many members within our community ranging from professionals, lived experience, and others valuable perspectives can participate.