Cognitive Appraisal

Another emotional theory is by pyschologist Richard Lazaru, called cognitive appraisal.

His research shows that people’s experience of emotion depends on the way they appraise or evaluate the events around them.

A key example he uses is :

“If Tracy is driving on a winding road by the edge of a high cliff, she may be concerned about the danger of the road. Her passenger, on the other hand, thinks about the beauty of the view. Tracy will probably feel frightened, while her passenger may feel exhilarated.”

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