an overarching name for a group of theories, stating that people's cognitive appraisals or evaluations of a situation determine the emotions they feel in response to the situation and their evaluation or appraisal of it. See also cognitive appraisal theory.

APPRAISAL THEORY: "Appraisal theory suggests that the unique response different people have to the same situation is largely influenced by their appraisal of it."
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