Theories of Emotion in Social psychology
The appraisal theory states that individual emotional reactions to the same event vary.
Cognitive approaches to emotion have become a preferred approach.
Cognitive-mediational theory of emotion (Richard Lazarus) states the association between emotion and thought. Before emotion occurs, people make an automatic, often unconscious, assessment of situation, its meaning, and its current or potential influence on them. From that perspective, emotion becomes not just rational but a necessary component of survival.
The Singer-Schachter theory is the earliest cognitive theory which states that the combination of the appraisal of the situation (cognitive) and whether participants received adrenaline or a placebo together determined the response.
Social psychology states that emotion is a combination of two elements: physiological arousal and cognitive interpretation.
The Two Factor Theory of Emotion is a social psychology theory that views emotion as having two components (factors): physiological arousal and cognition. Emotion is the cognitive interpretation of a physiological response.
Status and power concept and social interactions. Group interaction is devoted to the socio-emotional issues. T. David Kemper proposed that people in social interaction have positions on two relational dimensions: status and power. Emotions change or maintain individuals' status and power that generates specific emotions whose quality depends on the patterns of change. Emotional energy is the main motivating force in social life (Randall Collins). There are cultural and ideological standards of emotions occurring during a social interaction (Arlie Hochschild).
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