Indian Institute Of Counselling

Peer Pressure

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Peer pressure is influence from members of one’s peer group.

Peers influence your life, even if you don’t realize it, just by being around you. You learn from them, and they learn from you. It’s only human nature to listen to and learn from other people of your age group.

There are two types of peer pressures

  • Positive Peer pressure- This is pressure to do something that is in your best interest.
  • Negative Peer pressure- This is pressure to do something that is not in your best interest.

How to deal with negative peer pressure ?

1.   Ask questions.

  • For example, if a friend pressurizes you to smoke, ask her/him why she/he smokes, how long she/he has smoked, if she/he minds having ashtray breath.

2.   Say No like you mean it.

  • Make eye contact, then say “No” forcefully, with authority. The more certain you are in your refusal, the less people will bug you.

3.   Back-up a no with a positive statement. .

  • For example, if you’re turning down an offer to smoke, say something like, I like my brain the way it is, thanks.

4.  Find ways to excel.

  • Challenge yourself to do your best. Focus your attention on following your personal goals instead of the goals of the group.

5.  Evaluate your friendships..

  • If your friends are always bugging you to do something you’re not comfortable with, do not entertain their request at all. Try to avoid being in their company, if you can.

6.  Find new friends..

  • If you’ve decided that your friends don’t have your best interests at heart, search out new friends who share your values and interests.

7.   Speak out!

  • Fight peer pressure by taking the side of what is right. This would mean that you can think for yourself.

Remember that you are important. Your life counts, and you can make a difference in this world and you should be in charge of your life.

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