Peer Pressure

By Jacki Haworth, Clinical Intern

Peer pressure is the effect of a person’s friend group or peers on that person’s behaviors and actions. Peer pressure can be positive and it can be negative. Peer pressure can affect people of any and every age.

Peer pressure can help propel people to great success or can cause destruction. Positive peer pressure can be helpful in setting goals, like motivating your friends to do the best they can. An example of negative peer pressure is someone telling another person that they have to engage in risky behavior in order to be cool.

Mindfulness is one technique to decrease negative peer pressure. By focusing on yourself in the present moment and filtering out other people’s input on your life. Another way to decrease the influence of peer pressure is to set boundaries. Setting boundaries can be incredibly helpful in protecting yourself from outside influences.


To find out more about peer pressure, the impact peer pressure has on your life and ways to reduce peer pressure you feel

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