Peer pressure refers to the influence exerted by a peer group in encouraging a person to change his or her attitudes, values, or behavior in order to conform to group norms. Though the idea that“everyone’s doing it” can sometimes strengthen our sense of competition, it can also mislead us to leave our judgment, or our common sense behind.
No one can avoid peer pressure, however, as we grow, we learn to deal with it properly. To begin with, we must be true to ourselves. Paying attention to our own feelings and beliefs about what is right or wrong will help us make our own decision. Inner strength and self-confidence keep us standing firm instead of being affected by the external influences. Secondly, be careful when choosing friends. We may try to get together with friends of similar values, interests or backgrounds to reduce the pressure from different minds. What’s more, when we find the peer pressure is overwhelming, we might as well turn to someone we trust for help.
Though we may feel annoyed when caught in peer pressure, we can learn a lot through coping with it. Eventually we will reach the balance between our own beliefs and external influences.