This is perhaps more immediately addressed by a combination of William
Powers and Stafford.
As Powers convincingly demonstrates, the experience of stress or
tension can be described as the variance of a 'lower level' excitation
(input) from a 'higher level setting (expectation). For Powers, who
sees his work as compatible with both Beer, Maturana and von
Glasersfeld, although there is a cyclic process, it is the
expectations driving a behaviour that predispose the organism (the
observer) to react to the effects of that behaviour in one way or
another (for instance, happily or unhappily; painlessly or painfully).
This model can be readily mapped across VSM, though I would say the
VSM is less top-down. But the principle of variation from an
expectation at a 'higher order level', works well. The lower level
strives to 'do the right thing' (or not, as the case might be) only to
discover or be informed that this is not the action necessary to
fulfill the expectations at the higher level. A good example is
culture/ethos. The realities experience 'at the coal front' appear to
the actor at that level to be unattainable in terms of the understood
ethos of the organisation.
On 19 Nov 2009, at 07:53, Arthur Dijkstra wrote:
> Dear all,
> Suppose we want to explain the psychological concept of stress in
> cybernetics and VSM language. What would be your explanation of the
> in stress and its effects on performance ?
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