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Peer pressure doesn’t end in the schoolyard – even adults experience it
It’s not ok for someone to pressure you into doing something you don’t want to do or don’t feel comfortable with.
We all feel peer pressure in different ways and to different degrees.
Learning to recognise peer pressure helps you manage it better.
It’s important to be true to who you are and know what you’ll accept and what you won’t.
What you experience as peer pressure might not seem that way to another person - what matters is how it affects you and what you’ll do about it
There’s all kinds of situations where we might feel pressured by our mates, work colleagues, or family.
Learning to recognise the signs of peer pressure is the first step in addressing it. Here’s some things to look out for:
You feel pressure to do something that might get you in trouble
You feel pressure to go along with something you don’t agree with
It feels too hard to say ‘no’ or disagree with the group
You’re afraid they won’t like you if you don’t go along with it
You’re not okay with what’s happening but don’t know how to get out of it
You’re afraid there’ll be negative consequences for not going along with it
Find the courage to address peer pressure and remember you’re not alone
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