According to Norways new minister of International Development.
It seems that the Norwegian minister has been a long time player of RPGs, was a championship D&D player and has had some wonderful experiences playing LARPs. He is cited as saying :
LARP can change the world, because it lets people understand that humans under pressure may act differently than in the normal life, when you’re safe.
That sounds to me like a good working definition of LARP – letting you understand how you may act when you are not safe. In fact I know of lot of players who keep reverting to playing characters in a similar way simply due to this factor of experiencing a foreign pressure.
You can learn more about the Ministers views by reading the interview in imagonem
Many thanks to Elin Dalstal who made me aware of this via a Google+ post.