Unformatted text preview: Supporters of Lazarus’ appraisal theory would argue that his theory can cover almost any emotional state, being that the theory is so flexible. Lazarus states that all six dimensions do not need to be explored to have an emotion, and some emotions are more complicated than others. Lazarus’ theory of appraisal is fairly realistic if thought of as an unconscious process that the person having the emotion does not go through himself/herself, but one that another person can think through to tell another’s source of emotions. To argue against Lazarus’ theory, one can point out that the theory may not apply to younger people whose cognitive processing is not developed enough. Emotions involve judgments that young people are not able to make with their ability to reason....
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- Fall '09
- Psychology, Appraisal theory, Richard Lazarus