Nature of Emotions recitation paper Matt Schultz 10 15 09

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Matt Schultz Nature of Emotions Recitation Paper 2 10/15/09 Richard Lazarus is well-known in the world of psychology for his appraisal theory of emotion. An appraisal is an evaluation of what one’s relationship to the environment implies for one’s well being. Lazarus says that for an emotion to occur, the relationship between a person and his or her environment must be relevant to the well-being of the person or the environment, or that each has personal goals at stake. Lazarus’ theory includes six appraisal components. Three are primary components which involve motivational variables, and three are secondary components which involve available coping options. Lazarus states that he believes appraisal is not a sequential process, but he states that the emotion will be defined by the presence of a goal, which accounts for whether the emotion will be positive or negative.
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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 anothers 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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