How not to succumb to peer pressure?

By Anil

How not to succumb to peer pressure?


When you're pushed to do something that you don't want to do, or makes you feel uncomfortable or when you know that you'll get into trouble, is when you are under peer pressure. Peer pressure is all around you. You may have thoughts of being a part of the majority, but you may not be able to fit in for certain obvious reasons.

If you note carefully, your peers can be your greatest influences, beneficial in many ways.

Howbeit, it is hard to say no to friends or classmates. Sometimes it becomes harder to get out of the situation when you're surrounded by peers.

Nonetheless, there are few ways to sneak out of the peer pressure trap:

Excuses work.
Make up for an excuse. Cook up alternate plans to say no to peers, to get out of the situation. Tell them that you have something else to do or somewhere else to go.

Turn it humourously.
Humour has the ability to divert mood. Change the topic and add humour into it. Let your conversation be balanced and not biased. This can be a great way to pacify the peers and not to succumb to their ploy.

Being assertive.
Doing things that you want to do, rather than doing what someone else wants you to do. There is nothing wrong in expressing your own opinions. Peers may look up to you, if you are assertive in your opinions. Your decision of saying yes or no, plays the card. If your peers do not agree with you still, it would be better to move away from that situation.

Doing it smartly.
When you have pressure from your pals, the smart thing to do would be to analyse both sides and take a call by considering your options. Think before you make a move. Stand up for what is right.

Most of all, in the midst of peer pressure, character matters much. It could stand as a testimony to people around you, to your own loved ones, and to your future employers. So, set your standards high by avoiding things and situations where you are forced to compromise, choosing your circle of association wisely, staying accountable for things you do.

At the end of the race, you'll never regret being a person of integrity and excellence.

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