Is peer pressure harmful or beneficial to individuals?


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Jaimie  JT Profile
Jaimie JT answered

Odd question :) I'd say both then ..,.. Was both for me ;)

Didge Doo Profile
Didge Doo answered

That would depend on the peer.

Call it by another name -- say, esprit de corps -- and it can build camaraderie and inspire people to lift themselves. It's the sort of thing that builds successful sporting teams and military groups in which the individuals watch each others backs.

Or call it omertà and it can build a deadly bond between criminals.

Among young people peer pressure can either inspire or destroy.

So I guess the answer to your question is, "It could be either."

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HelpStop AnimalAbuse
Well said. I guess it's the interpretation that counts. I guess that it is a fine line between peer pressure & blindly doing something just to fit in. At the end of the day whrn a individual makes a decision must take responsibility for their actions. I think that if that individual uses the excuse of "Peer pressure " then it's a cop out.

For example my brother (Who was a very bad role model) urged me to start smoking cigarettes when I was about 15. Luckily for me I could only finish about half of one cigarette because I hated the taste of it & have never tried it again,which is good.
Didge Doo
Didge Doo commented
Yep, it's a cop-out, but an understandable one.
PJ Stein Profile
PJ Stein answered

It depends on the peer you surround yourself with. If you surround yourself with questionable people, the peer pressure is most likely not going to be a good thing. However if you surround yourself with principled people, they are more likely to convince you to do the same.

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HelpStop AnimalAbuse
I've always believed that you can tell a lot about a person by the type of people that they keep company with.

Anyhow my IPad is about to die. I'm signing off for the day. Great to speak to you guys again & will see you soon. Take care & keep looking after all of Gods animals out there.

PJ Stein
PJ Stein commented
Will do! Have a good day!

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