Peers influence your life directly or indirectly.Peers can either have a strong positive impact on our lives and on the other hand they can screw our lives if we don’t think straight !!
Maybe some student of your school motivates you to work for your betterment,brings a sense of enlightenment in your mind and change your perspective towards life.Maybe you got others excited about your new favorite book, and now everyone’s reading it. These are examples of how peers positively influence one another every day.
Sometimes peers influence one another in negative ways. For example, a few students in your school might try to get you to bunk classes every now and then, your soccer friend might try to convince you to be mean to another player and never pass her the ball, or friend who is indulging you into smoking and drinking habits. Nowadays there is also a lot of pressure from our peers to have a partner rather than being single.Being single is linked to an isolated person who has lost link in this materialistic world!!
Why Do People Give in to Peer Pressure?
Some kids give in to peer pressure because they want to be liked, to fit in, or because they worry that other kids might make fun of them if they don’t go along with the group. Others go along because they are curious to try something new that others are doing. The idea that “everyone’s doing it” can influence some kids to leave their better judgment, or their common sense, behind.
Walking Away From Peer Pressure
It is tough to be the only one who says “no” to peer pressure, but you can do it. Paying attention to your own feelings and beliefs about what is right and wrong can help you know the right thing to do. Inner strength and self-confidence can help you stand firm, walk away, and resist doing something when you know better!!!
. It can really help to have at least one other peer, or friend, who is willing to say “no,” too. This takes a lot of the power out of peer pressure and makes it much easier to resist. It’s great to have friends with values similar to yours who will back you up when you don’t want to do something.
You’ve probably had a parent or teacher advise you to “choose your friends wisely.” Peer pressure is a big reason why they say this. If you choose friends who don’t use drugs, bunk classes, smoke cigarettes, or lie to their parents, then you probably won’t do these things either, even if other kids do. Try to help a friend who’s having trouble resisting peer pressure. It can be powerful for one kid to join another by simply saying, “I’m with you — let’s go.”
Even if you’re faced with peer pressure while you’re alone, there are still things you can do. You can simply stay away from peers who pressure you to do stuff you know is wrong. You can tell them “no” and walk away. Better yet, find other friends and classmates to pal around with.
If you continue to face peer pressure and you’re finding it difficult to handle, talk to someone you trust. Don’t feel guilty if you’ve made a mistake or two. Talking to a parent, teacher, or school counselor can help you feel much better and prepare you for the next time you face peer pressure.
Powerful, Positive Peer Pressure
Peer pressure is not always a bad thing. For example, positive peer pressure can be used to pressure bullies into acting better toward other kids. If enough kids get together, peers can pressure one another into doing what is right !!!
Conclusion: Surround yourself with people who lift you higher,encourages you and they have positive mindset you want to imitate and put it into practice!!