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10 Things Only True American Hipsters Can Understand

10 Things Only True American Hipsters Can Understand

Hipsters, a word that has been popularized since the mid-2000s is more than just looking nice and having more liberal views, its a way of life. Hipsters can be seen in every single television show, coffee shop, and college campus but what does it mean to truly be a hipster. Here are 10 Things that Only True American Hipsters Can Understand.

1. They Have a Voice and Will Make it Heard

Hipsters have many opinions on things, one of the main ones being policy and law. They are usually liberal and they believe that everyone should be treated equal because everyone was created equal. They have a stand on some of the hard-hitting like same sex marriage, war, famine, etc. and they are not afraid to stand by their views.

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    2. They drink Coffee

    They know that coffee allows them to reach certain expectations not just because of the caffeine. They are able to finish articles, projects, etc. because of this drink. They use the energy it gives them to truly make a difference on little or no sleep.

    3.  They are Independent and Strong

    They move to the beat of their own drum. They aren’t concerned with following trends, they want to create them. They are inspired to make others not only recognize their own gifts and talents but they are in-tune with their own.

    4. They Have Introduced the World to Indie Music

    Sure some of us listened to some indie rockers before but hipsters have truly made more artists mainstream. They have helped maintain and build a genre that makes people dance, rock-out and have many “feels”. They have shown the world that music is more than head-bopping and lyrics about partying and sexual proclivity.

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      5. They wear Wayfarer Glasses

      Okay, so there is no way to say for sure that they created them but c’mon they are the best thing ever! They have made wayfarer glasses and glasses period a fashion statement. No more are the days of children being called “four-eyes”! They have shown the world that even geek can be chic.

      6. They have Beards (the Fellas not the Ladies)

      Beards whether trimmed or untrimmed, long or short have become something sexy and mysterious because of hipsters. They have brought new life to something that many believed made a man look unkempt and gross.

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        7. They are Fashionable!

        Fashion is something that is extremely important in the Hipster world. They have a keen eye for fashion styles and trends, they aren’t afraid to push it and be an individual. They enjoy being recognized for their choice in wardrobe because it is just another way that they express themselves. They are creative and love to express that creativity in every outlet not just music and art.

        8. They are Passionate

        Regardless of what the media says hipsters, millennials, and the like are passionate about charities and causes. They are driven by the power of change and expect others to strive for change in the world and their lives.

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        9. They are Our Future Leaders

        Their passion and views on life and policy will help to shape our future. They are educated and hard-working and are more than just some stylish clothes. They use their intellect to get them to the next stage of their career. They are informed and will work hard to make sure others are too.

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          10. They are Individuals

          They aren’t trying to be a hipster, they are being themselves. Everything that they are and do come natural. They do not like the title of hipster or trendy. Their style, passion, and hope are all of the things that make them great and makes them an individual.

          Featured photo credit: Thomas Parker Cableknit Cardigan- American Eagle via lookbook.nu

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          The Secret to Effective Conflict Resolution: The IBR Approach

          The Secret to Effective Conflict Resolution: The IBR Approach

          In business, in social relationships, in family… In whatever context conflict is always inevitable, especially when you are in the leader role. This role equals “make decisions for the best of majority” and the remaining are not amused. Conflicts arise.

          Conflicts arise when we want to push for a better quality work but some members want to take a break from work.

          Conflicts arise when we as citizens want more recreational facilities but the Government has to balance the needs to maintain tourism growth.

          Conflicts are literally everywhere.

          Avoiding Conflicts a No-No and Resolving Conflicts a Win-Win

          Avoiding conflicts seem to be a viable option for us. The cruel fact is, it isn’t. Conflicts won’t walk away by themselves. They will, instead, escalate and haunt you back even more when we finally realize that’s no way we can let it be.

          Moreover, avoiding conflicts will eventually intensify the misunderstanding among the involved parties. And the misunderstanding severely hinders open communication which later on the parties tend to keep things secret. This is obviously detrimental to teamwork.

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          Some may view conflicts as the last step before arguments. And they thus leave it aside as if they never happen. This is not true.

          Conflicts are the intersect point between different individuals with different opinions. And this does not necessarily lead to argument.

          Instead, proper handling of conflicts can actually result in a win-win situation – both parties are pleased and allies are gained. A better understanding between each other and future conflicts are less likely to happen.

          The IBR Approach to Resolve Conflicts

          Here, we introduce to you an effective approach to resolve conflicts – the Interest-Based Relational (IBR) approach. The IBR approach was developed by Roger Fisher and William Ury in their 1981 book Getting to Yes. It stresses the importance of the separation between people and their emotions from the problem. Another focus of the approach is to build mutual understanding and respect as they strengthen bonds among parties and can ultimately help resolve conflicts in a harmonious way. The approach suggests a 6-step procedure for conflict resolution:

          Step 1: Prioritize Good Relationships

          How? Before addressing the problem or even starting the discussion, make it clear the conflict can result in a mutual trouble and through subsequent respectful negotiation the conflict can be resolved peacefully. And that brings the best outcome to the whole team by working together.

          Why? It is easy to overlook own cause of the conflict and point the finger to the members with different opinions. With such a mindset, it is likely to blame rather than to listen to the others and fail to acknowledge the problem completely. Such a discussion manner will undermine the good relationships among the members and aggravate the problem.

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          Example: Before discussion, stress that the problem is never one’s complete fault. Everyone is responsible for it. Then, it is important to point out our own involvement in the problem and state clearly we are here to listen to everyone’s opinions rather than accusing others.

          Step 2: People Are NOT the Cause of Problem

          How? State clearly the problem is never one-sided. Collaborative effort is needed. More importantly, note the problem should not be taken personally. We are not making accusations on persons but addressing the problem itself.

          Why? Once things taken personally, everything will go out of control. People will become irrational and neglect others’ opinions. We are then unable to address the problem properly because we cannot grasp a fuller and clearer picture of the problem due to presumption.

          Example: In spite of the confronting opinions, we have to emphasize that the problem is not a result of the persons but probably the different perspectives to view it. So, if we try to look at the problem from the other’s perspective, we may understand why there are varied opinions.

          Step 3: Listen From ALL Stances

          How? Do NOT blame others. It is of utmost importance. Ask for everyone’s opinions. It is important to let everyone feel that they contribute to the discussion. Tell them their involvement is essential to solve the problem and their effort is very much appreciated.

          Why? None wants to be ignored. If one feels neglected, it is very likely for he/she to be aggressive. It is definitely not what we hope to see in a discussion. Acknowledging and being acknowledged are equally important. So, make sure everyone has equal opportunity to express their views. Also, realizing their opinions are not neglected, they will be more receptive to other opinions.

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          Example: A little trick can played here: Invite others to talk first. It is an easy way to let others feel involved and ,more importantly, know their voices are heard. Also, we can show that we are actively listening to them by giving direct eye-contact and nodding. One important to note is that never interrupt anyone. Always let them finish first beforeanother one begins.

          Step 4: Listen Comes First, Talk Follows

          How? Ensure everyone has listened to one another points of view. It can be done by taking turn to speak and leaving the discussion part at last. State once again the problem is nothing personal and no accusation should be made.

          Why? By turn-taking, everyone can finish talking and voices of all sides can be heard indiscriminantly. This can promote willingness to listen to opposing opinions.

          Example: We can prepare pieces of paper with different numbers written on them. Then, ask different members to pick one and talk according to the sequence of the number. After everyone’s finished, advise everyone to use “I” more than “You” in the discussion period to avoid others thinking that it is an accusation.

          Step 5: Understand the Facts, Then Address the Problem

          How? List out ALL the facts first. Ask everyone to tell what they know about the problems.

          Why? Sometimes your facts are unknown to the others while they may know something we don’t. Missing out on these facts could possibly lead to inaccurate capture of the problem. Also, different known facts can lead to different perception of the matter. It also helps everyone better understand the problem and can eventually help reach a solution.

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          Example: While everyone is expressing their own views, ask them to write down everything they know that is true to the problem. As soon as everyone has finished, all facts can be noted and everyone’s understanding of the problem is raised.

          Step 6: Solve the Problem Together

          How? Knowing what everyone’s thinking, it is now time to resolve the conflict. Up to this point, everyone should have understood the problem better. So, it is everyone’s time to suggest some solutions. It is important not to have one giving all the solutions.

          Why? Having everyone suggesting their solutions is important as they will not feel excluded and their opinions are considered. Besides, it may also generate more solutions that can better resolve the conflicts. Everyone will more likely be satisfied with the result.

          Example: After discussion, ask all members to suggest any possible solutions and stress that all solutions are welcomed. State clearly that we are looking for the best outcomes for everyone’s sake rather than battling to win over one another. Then, evaluate all the solutions and pick the one that is in favor of everyone.

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