Thank you very much, Gustavo,
Yes, what you say makes perfect sense. In my mind, 'I am influenced' was not like 'I am affected' but like 'I am washed', if you will. I think that is the influence of my native language. I am under the influence of my mother tongue.
I am not sure I am expressing myself clearly and you can see where I had gone astray, but I think things are clear now for me.