Peer pressure, as I define it, is when your peers try to pressure you to do something you do not want to do. Simple enough explanation of what it is, right?
But the ramifications and effect of peer pressure, are far from simple. It can actually be quite the opposite.
It can lead to people taking up smoking and drinking alcohol as a result of being targeted by peer pressure.
I plan to write a far more in-depth article in the future on this topic, as this is a big topic. But for now, I will just keep it simple and give you two tips to deal with peer pressure.
The first, and most obvious, is to avoid people who try to pressure you to do what you do not want to do.
Get away from these people if possible. Have as minimal contact with them as you can.
The second tip is to believe in yourself enough to say no to the people trying to pressure you.
It is your life, and you have to take responsibility for the consequences of your actions. The people who pressure you into doing something will not be the ones to have to face the consequences.
So you have to be smart about this, and not let them pressure you into doing what you do not want to do.
When people see you stand up for yourself, and believe in yourself, they will respect you.
If people try to pressure you into drinking alcohol, and you do not want to, firmly say no.
If they still keep pressuring you whenever you meet them, then avoid them.
There is plenty more that can be said about peer pressure and how to deal with it. And I will be covering this in more detail, as it is an important topic.
But in the meantime, I am curious to know what are your thoughts on peer pressure?
Have you ever experienced peer pressure? How did you deal with it? How do you wish you dealt with it?
Do let me know in the comments below.