“I’d rather be hated for who I am, than loved for who I am not.”, meaningful words from Nirvana’s front man, Kurt Cobain.
What is peer pressure? There are two types of peer pressure, positive and negative. In this test, we are focusing on the negative type of pressure. Many of us are struggling with this but we are unaware or even sometimes, we don’t admit. Peer pressure can come in many forms, some are very evident and some are unnoticeable. You may be experiencing this in school, at home or anywhere else. Circle of friends are mostly the source of this kind of pressure which makes friends the second focus of the MFPT. From a simple dress code within the group up to imitating almost everything about your friends, that’s the power of peer pressure. Peer pressure is not only experienced from friends, it also occurs when an individual is doing everything that the society does. It is different from culture. Doing things or behaving in ways to “belong” to the society or to be accepted by it is also peer pressure.
From what I had observed and even experienced, negative peer pressure from friends is still present within the university, what more outside the campus? You will notice groups of students looking and acting like each other as if their following some kind of rule within their circle of friends. These imitations of behavior within groups are, most of the time, very unethical and reflect a bad image. I just wish that these people experiencing this phenomenon will ask themselves, “Will I conform or will I follow my feelings?”, “Do I want to be rejected as who I am than be accepted as who I am not?”.
Background of the Test
Miranda’s Friendly Pressure Test was started by Ross P. Miranda, a junior BS Psychology student from Far Eastern University. This test was constructed in partial fulfillment of their requirements in the subject, Psychological Testing. The test underwent the process of test construction under the guidance of...