People who are your age, classmates in school or college and colleagues in workplace, are your peers. Often you may find yourself doing things that you really do not want to do, under the influence of your peers. This is called as peer pressure. Growing older requires you to take some challenging decisions which is when most likely you are influenced by your peers. You are unclear of your choices but take a step forward towards theirs. People of all ages deal with peer pressure. It does not necessarily have to be a bad thing, but almost always isn’t a positive one. Here is a small discussion about peer pressure.
Defining Peer Pressure
Wether you know it or not, you are influenced by your surroundings and the people around you. You learn from them, not just the positives, but sometimes also pick up their negative traits and this is an unconscious and natural process.
It is important to recognize the positives from the negatives and make the right choices. And this may not be an easy task. However, why do so many people give in to peer pressure?
Most of the time, people give in to peer pressure cause they want to fit in to their social surroundings or want to be liked by their peers, while others may get involved simply because they are curious to try something new. They thus do things that are outside their value systems or morally wrong. Although this might be in the back of their mind, the present sways them away.
What can we do to walk away from peer pressure?
Most people are afraid to say “no” to peer pressure with the fear of being disliked or not accepted. At such times, it is important to pay attention to your beliefs and morals about recognizing right from wrong. Internal strength and self-confidence can help you stand strong in your decision, walk away, and resist doing something when you know better of it.
Thus, it is important to choose who you are surrounded with carefully. With like-minded around you, you are likely to have the same kind of thought process and thus avoid having to do things that you aren’t comfortable doing. Similarly in a group, it also helps to have someone at your wavelength in order to be supportive and take the right decision when such situation arises.
Peer pressure is generally faced during your adolescent ages or teenage ages. Peer pressure comes in different forms such as influencing drugs, smoking cigarettes, etc. Getting involved in these habits can take a toss in your lifestyle in the long run and definitely needs to be resisted.
Talking to someone older, who you can trust and get help from is important to consider. Most importantly, it is important to choose someone who wouldn’t judge your choices and are supportive of your decisions.
Powerful, Positive Peer Pressure
Peer pressure is not always a bad thing. An example of a positive peer pressure can be the recent fad of becoming fit. By looking at one other, people are being influenced and striving towards a healthier lifestyle.