A peer is someone around your age. A peer could be someone in your class at school or a friend on a sports team or in an after-school activity.
Negative peer pressure is when one of your peers encourages you with words to do something that is wrong, dangerous, or illegal. Examples could be cheating on schoolwork, stealing, smoking or using other drugs and alcohol.
"Peer pressure occurs when the individual experiences implicit or explicit persuasion, sometimes amounting to coercion, to adopt similar values, beliefs,and goals, or to participate in the same activities as those in the peer group.(Bourne, 1998)" Often it is the case during hazing incidents that those being initiated find themselves in a situation where they are unable to resist the peer pressure to participate. If several members of a group are being initiated at the same time without objection, it is unlikely that one member will object to the activities, for fear of being singled out. That one member will more likely go along with the activity because his/her peers are there going through the same thing, or because she or she is being pressured by the members of the group to comply.
Dedicated to my sweet sister Ariela Vardit
Look at me,
Tell me what you see
What kind of person do you want me to be?
I won’t change for you, or for anybody else
Who do you want me to be if not myself?
You tell me who you want me to be
Why can’t I just be me?
You try to tell me what to wear,
Who I can see,
What I can say,
And when I can go out and play
But I won’t listen
Because I am me
My own person,
I know who I will be --
Not a follower like you want me to be
I am myself, shouldn’t you be?
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