"The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another"
Have you ever been influenced by someone else? Have you been forced to do something against your will? Have you ever regretted your acts which you felt were not your own? Are you having difficulties making decisions on your own? Are you pressurized by your peers?
Peer pressure is the direct influence on people by peers, or the effect on an individual who gets encouraged to follow their peers by changing their attitudes, values or behaviors to conform to those of the influencing group or individual. Making decisions on your own is hard enough, but when other people get involved and try to pressure you one way or another it can be even harder. Peer pressure can influence your behavior from a group that you interact with socially or professionally. It can be good or bad depending on what action is taken, what consequences it brings and whether or not you want to do it.
Sometimes peer pressure can change a good person into a bad person. There have been several incidences in the past where an innocent person in the company of bad friends, got addicted to bad habits such as smoking, drinking, drugs etc. Peer pressure is common across all age groups. But the most vulnerable population are adolescents, school and college students, and middle-aged people at the workplace who feel the need to fit in with their peers and experience a fear of loneliness or rejection if conformity isn’t met with by them. This could have a negative impact on a person’s personal life, family life, personality and work-related performance.
Talk to a counsellor immediately if you are facing any of these situations.