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Dealing with peer pressure

Everyone’s heard of peer pressure. But it can sometimes be hard to identify the line between something relatively harmless amongst friends and damaging peer pressure, that can lead us to do things we really don’t want to do.

Let’s take a few examples:

  1. You’re planning a trip to the cinema with a friend. You have different preferences of which film you want to see. You know that they are really excited about their preference, so you agree to watch that one this time

  2. Whilst walking home from school, two of your friends agree to not invite a third friend out with the rest of the group at the weekend. You feel bad and that this is unfair on your other friend, but they tell you that you need to go along with it, so you agree

  3. At your friend’s house, you realise you’re going to be home later than you’ve agreed with your parents. Your friend persuades you to stay – you feel a bit guilty but you do also want to stay a bit longer

So – which of these is peer pressure?

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