Psychological peer pressure exists in schools, colleges, universities and even workplaces. Each of us is influenced in one way or another by certain people. Therefore, if you understand that you are in a similar situation, then it will be useful for you to learn how to resist the pressure of peers, friends or acquaintances. In this article, I will analyze some aspects of your behavior and give useful tips on how you can get rid of the influence and pressure on you.
1. Always adhere to your own opinion
If you said no, then no – always follow this rule. Over time, the people around you will understand that you have your own opinion and will always stick to it. Therefore, it makes no sense to use manipulative tactics to try to convince you of something, or to do something. Although, in certain situations it can be difficult to say no. But in most cases, this tactic can be your best “weapon” against peer pressure, or from other people.
2. Never drink with people who are trying to influence you.
Alcohol tends to reduce our ability to think soberly, and forces us to do things that we may later regret. It’s like adding fuel to a fire, so adding alcohol in situations where pressure is being tried will only contribute to their effect. Therefore, you should not get too good relationships with peers or people who are trying to put psychological pressure on you.
3. Don’t imitate their behavior or fashion trends.
You cannot resist peer pressure by imitating them. Guys and girls who try to imitate the looks, behavior and style of their peers are prime targets for pressure and manipulation. They will see your affection for them and can use it for their own purposes. The best advice you can give in this situation is to develop your own style and stick to it.
4. Be yourself
It can be very difficult to influence someone who is natural and confident. This will make it much easier for you to resist peer pressure. People should like you the way you are. This will inspire respect and show that you cannot be controlled.
5. Don’t be afraid to look into the eyes of the person who is trying to influence you.
A confident look in the eyes can weaken any person. So the next time someone tries to get you to do something or say something, just look them in the eye and show your unwillingness to give in to the pressure. Your inner strength will manifest through your eyes and help you fight against people’s influence.
6. Don’t try to evoke sympathy
Many people try to evoke pity and empathy, hoping that this will save them from peer pressure, acquaintances, or friends. Empathy can help you to some degree, but not in the long run. In fact, when you try to evoke pity, you show weakness and appear to be a weak person in the eyes of other people. Therefore, avoid various excuses and situations in which you can provoke pity.
7. Become a positive person
The importance of laughter and a positive outlook on life as a tool for dealing with peer pressure is invaluable. Therefore, start laughing more and show a positive attitude towards life, despite the possible negativity around you. If you ever feel like you’re in a bad situation, try not to be influenced by negativity anyway. And remember that happy people are much more difficult to give in to peer pressure or peer pressure.
8. Don’t be afraid to be rude
The fear of sounding or looking rude when saying “no” to someone’s demands often triggers pressure from people. Therefore, if you understand that you are being influenced by peers simply because you are afraid of offending someone by saying “no”, then you need to change your attitude. After all, those people who are trying to control or manipulate you are not afraid to be rude or impolite. Why then should you worry about this?
9. Feel free to ask for advice
If you understand that you yourself cannot withstand peer pressure and solve this problem, then ask your close circle for advice. This could be your parents, siblings, friends, or other relatives. Tell them about the problems you are facing. Just before you tell a person something, make sure that he can really be trusted.
10. Don’t prove wrong
This is a completely wrong position when you are trying to prove to a person that he is wrong about something. This will certainly lead to a conflict situation. You need to focus on being right first. If you know that you are right and you have your own position, then stick to it. And the fact that the other person is shouting or trying to manipulate you is his problem. Try not to pay attention to such people. The main thing for you is to firmly take root in your opinion and stick to it. Over time, your position will grow into more powerful beliefs and actions. This position will be so strong that other people will begin to reckon with it, and will not even think of putting pressure on you. Therefore, pay less attention to the opinions of other people, and try to do more what you think is necessary.
11. Don’t follow the majority
You don’t have to do something because other people do it. Try to recognize dangerous situations in advance when people try to drag you into something bad. And think carefully before doing any actions that your peers are pushing you to. Think about the consequences of your actions. Always remember that giving in to pressure from other people means becoming a puppet in their hands. And though, resisting the pressure can be scary. But if you start to do this, then show that you are a really strong person and master of your life.