One’s specific personal evaluation of, or reaction to, a certain event. According to appraisal theory, two people can have two very different appraisals of the same event.
Example: He went home feeling great about his blind date that evening, and was cheerful the entire next day. She was embarrassed she’d forgotten their theater tickets, however, and was surprised when he called to ask her on a second date.
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 1 Oct 2008