A Glossary of Descriptive Psychology Concepts

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  1. A description that carries motivational significance.
  2. A status assignment that carries motivational significance.
  3. A discrimination which tautologically carries motivational significance.
The primary contrast is with the notion of a "mere description", which does not tautologically carry any motivational significance.

Appraisal is a first person concept. My judgment that a rattlesnake is a danger to me right now would probably qualify as an appraisal. My judgment that the rattlesnake is a danger to him right now cannot qualify as an appraisal.