Teenage Peer Pressure

The definition of teenage peer pressure is someone who is an adolescent behaving a certain way or doing a certain thing, and trying to get another person their same age to do the same thing. Really, peer pressure can happen at any age. It is always going to be a part of your life. Teenage Peer Pressure When the situation goes against what you believe in or what you have been told by others to avoid, especially your parents, it is difficult to say "no".

Even worse, it can be hard to be the lone one out when an entire group is going in one direction, and you know in your heart that you should go in a different direction. How do you say "no" when people have been your friends for a long time?

One of the best ways to handle this situation is to make the decision about how you are going to deal with it before it ever occurs. Play the situation out in your mind and know what you could be faced with

- whether it is smoking, drinking, drugs, sex or doing something that you know could get you into trouble. Practice how you will respond. Once you have made the choice to say "no", the most difficult part is done. The problem is with most people, they wait until the temptation is upon them before they decide about what they are going to do. Take care of that first. The rest will be easier if or when it really happens.

Teenage Peer Pressure and Your Response

When you are faced with bad peer pressure, the best thing that you can do is walk away. This can be the hardest thing for people to do, because it might mean that you feel embarrassed with your friends, or feel that you are going to lose friends. And, it might be that you end up losing friends. Sometimes when you don't give into peer pressure, those friends aren't going to be as interested in being friends with you. However, you will have made a good decision for you, and that means that you have been true to yourself.

Bad peer pressure can lead you towards making bad decisions just as bad company corrupts good morals. When all of your friends are smoking, getting into drugs, or doing something else that you don't feel is right, and they want you to go along with them you need to consider whether or not they are the kind of friends you want to be around, too.

So, before you even have a chance to be in a situation where teenage peer pressure comes into play, you have to know where you stand on important topics like:

  • Smoking
  • Dating
  • Drinking
  • Staying out past curfew
  • Sneaking out of the house
  • Lying to your parents
  • Drugs
  • Skipping classes
  • Sex before marriage

It is important that you know where you want to draw lines, and what things you will and will not want to do. Then, you have to be prepared to stand up for yourself and your beliefs. Many times, it will mean telling someone "no" when they want you to go against things that you have always believed in. But, that can be ok. By standing up for yourself and what you believe in, you will be better able to define yourself as a person. When you are true to yourself, you will attract like-minded people to yourself, and you will always have new friends who believe the same things. The best thing is that those friends will honor your beliefs and will not try to pressure you to be someone or something that you are not.