Cognitive Appraisal

First seen in PSYCH101.

This makes a lot of sense, explains the saying: ”Happiness is a choice"".

Appraisals are thoughts we generate to explain events, which can in turn result in an emotion.

How you react to a given situation determines how you feel.

  • you cannot control the outcome, but you can control how you react to the outcome.


One way to control one’s temper is to engage in Reappraisals. This is the act of recognizing when an automatic maladaptive appraisal has been made, and then to identify potential alternative (non-hostile) explanations for others’ behaviour. By changing the appraisal through purposeful reappraisal, you can change the emotion you experience.