Cognitive Reappraisal

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A psychological strategy that is useful when the stressful situation at hand cannot be changed. It involves lessening the emotional impact of a stressful situation by reframing or reappraising the initial perception of it. The underlining strategy is to regulate emotions in which an individual changes the way they think about a situation in order to alter their emotional response to it.

The technique is commonly used in therapy, where a patient is given exercises to help them recognize negative emotions and to ultimately turn these into positive responses.

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