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The Smarter And More Independent You Are, The More Obstacles You Have When Finding Love

The Smarter And More Independent You Are, The More Obstacles You Have When Finding Love

In a world of more demands and faster possibilities it is interesting to find that many smart and independent person are stepping up to the table and making a name for themselves. While for us it becomes an exciting platform to connect other intellectuals and be counted as one, it has become more difficult to replicate such excellent performance in our lives. Doing well to examine this subject carefully, here are 12 reasons why being smart and independent can pose a threat in getting the love we deserve.

You think love is predictable

Being smart makes you very thoughtful and extra cautious or incisive on every decision you make. You are asking yourself what the risk factors are and why you should tolerate this person or that person. With love you simply have to let yourself swim in it.

You don’t have any guidebook to be in love

You can teach Mathematics, English Language or philosophy. But love is not a subject that you simply teach. It has to be experienced. Many smart and independent are stuck with learning and passing through the books that they do not understand that there is no guidebook to being in love.

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There is no consistency with love

You cannot be consistent with love. For smart and independent people they want something they can battle and win. But with love it is not about winning but about how to learn to compromise every now and then.

The standards become too high

The higher your standards the more difficult it is to have more options and open chances to be in love. Smart and independent people think that they deserve simply the best or excellence. But even excellence and quality is rare.

You don’t make love a top priority

Smart and independent people do not view love as a top priority. They are focused on other areas of life that makes them ignore the importance of love.

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You have become so independent

We all have gotten stuck with the demands of this world that it is more of survival than tolerance. Being independent have made you live with yourself rather than seek out relationships with other people.

There is no appreciation of the adventure love provides

You are so perturbed with every day demands and how you can show the world how smart you are that you forget the simplicity that does exist in love. You have to be willing to go on an adventure when it comes to love, if not you can get stuck with being independent.

You don’t want to be seen as easy

You prefer to appear solid and formidable. Even if you are going to be a captive of love you want it to be one that makes a difference and that makes the process challenging for the other person.

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It takes two

Well, being smart and independent is not a simple requirement to be in love. Looking at the big picture it is not about you, it is about two. Smart and independent are always seeing love from a singular perspective.

It takes patience

The major question is that how many smart and independent people out there will be willing to be patient and stay the long haul when they are so used to getting what they want faster than the average person because of their intellect or energy.

You can only connect with someone who has similarities with your personalities

Most times you find it difficult to be with someone who doesn’t show interests and similarities like you. Smart and independent want to be surrounded with people who are like them. And in our society this may be really selective.

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You are analytic

It is harder to be in love and rely on analysis during the process. Smart and independent people are analytic and follow a stringent rule of accomplishing goals. Falling in love is not a goal anyways, but a way of life.

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Last Updated on February 21, 2019

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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