Teens: Dealing With Peer Pressure
It is needless to say how influential peer pressure can be on an individual. Peer pressure comes in when we get influenced by the lifestyles and the ways of thinking of our peers. Almost everyone, from different walks of life, must have experienced peer pressure in some way or the other at a given point in time. Some people get positive influence from it whereas others tend to get negatively influenced. An analytical approach towards peer behavior can be positively impactful for you. On the other hand, blindly following peers and not holding an opinion of your own might leave a negative impact on your life. Let us distinguish the positive and negative sides of peer pressure in detail.
Your classmates keep asking you to have them over because you have a pool, everyone at school is wearing silly hats so you do too, and your best friend begs you to go running with her because you both need more exercise, so you go, too. These are all examples of peer pressure. Don’t get it yet?
It's natural for people to identify with and compare themselves to their peers as they consider how they wish to be (or think they should be), or what they want to achieve. People are influenced by peers because they want to fit in, be like peers they admire, do what others are doing, or have what others have.
Making decisions on your own is hard enough, but when other people get involved and try to pressure you one way or another it can be even harder. People who are your age, like your classmates, are called peers. When they try to influence how you act, to get you to do something, it's called peer pressure. It's something everyone has to deal with — even adults. Let's talk about how to handle it.
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