Positive Peer Pressure
When someone hears the words “peer pressure” they assume it is something horrible. When you are talking about pressure of drugs, alcohol, profanity, or sex it is appalling, but that is not the only things that peer pressure is referring to. The definition of peer pressure is an influence from members of ones peer group, so why do we all assume that it is a negative influence.
Peer pressure is crucial, if not essential, for social development. At this tricky stage of growth into young adult life we learn by watching those around us. For example, as a child we went as a class room to the library as all your friends around you chose books to read you felt obligated and maybe even excited to choose your own. Just like the library seeing your friends do things like sports, painting, ect. may cause the student to crave to do those things as well. Positive peer pressure can cause you to take up good habits yourself.
Being apart of a big group of peers could expose you to a whole new world beyond your family and your families values. There is an entire world out there that without your peers giving you glimpses of it; you will never know about. They can show you how they view life, how they feel, or react in different circumstances. All of that will make you consider your behavior and help you figure out where you stand. For instance, a friend of mine had a father that was abusive. As she came to my house more and saw the ways that my dad treated me, she found out that not all dads were like that. That gave her a better perspective of the world showing her that not all men would do that to her and that she deserved better. Positive peer pressure can lead you to make the correct choices in life and let you see the world beyond your four walls.
If you are lucky enough to get a good group of friends, they can help shape your personality in a positive manor. Their outlook on life can cause you to change yours. For example, a girl named...