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Interaction with the environment

Within StressLogosEros, interaction with the environment refers to the constant interplay between our negative and positive experience of the surrounding world and ourselves, our reactions, actions and inner states. Your surrounding world is the exact situation and environment you are in at the moment. However, the model is not about serious situations and crises, only conditions you can manage yourself, possibly with support from your network.
Experience of the surrounding world refers to the fact that it is your subjective evaluation and interpretation of the environment which is in focus. It can be useful to think about this, for example, in stress situations where we have particular difficulty thinking clearly and precisely.

The experience of control over one's existence, rather than helplessness, is important for well-being. Control can either be that we influence the environment, or that we adapt ourselves in an appropriate way (when the external situation cannot be changed).
It is good to be constantly aware of whether control is located in the environment, or within ourselves: whether we are controlled from without or within. If you are not careful, you risk being made a victim of manipulation.
Often you cannot control the environment, but you almost always have the opportunity to control your inner state - not always immediately, but you can train yourself to manage it more and more quickly with time.

StressLogosEros makes you aware that you can choose which state you want to be in, and react based on, in a particular situation. For example, if you are in contact with a person who is stressed and negative towards you, you do not have to become stressed yourself. You can see if empathy (sympathetic insight) can solve the conflict (see also the blue green state). Or if that doesn't lead anywhere, you can try out several specific problem solutions (blue red state). The last resort is to remove yourself from the situation, or if it is possible to speak to another person, to request to do so.
You can also take responsibility for creating a positive interaction with the environment you choose. You are the only person responsible for whether you experience well-being and are positive towards others. It is not realistic, and does not help, to push this responsibility onto others.
In states with positive emotions, the eros states, we have positive interaction. Our contact with others is characterised by synergy, empathy, friendship and love.

The StressLogosEros model can illustrate emotional interactions between two people. There are four different emotional states, leading to ten different interaction combinations. In other words, you can have ten different (positive or negative) interactions with another person.

stress -- stress & stress -- logosstress & stress -- logoseros & stress -- eros &

logosstress -- logosstress & logosstress -- logoseros & logosstress -- eros &

logoseros -- logoseros & logoseros -- eros & eros –- eros

This table can be used to explain what happens at the emotional level between yourself and another person. The table can cover all kinds of negative and positive emotions, so in reality there are countless different interactions - just as in real life.
Emotions come to expression in speech, tone of voice, gestures (raised finger, crossed arms, wringing hands, pat on the shoulder), facial expressions (frowning, disapproving expression, shaking or nodding the head, smiling), eye contact, a relaxed or tense posture, touching and sexual behaviour.



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