Sunday, June 23, 2013

reasons, purposes and experiences of peer pressure

What are your thoughts on this recent article from the Wall Street Journal?  Do you take pleasure in social acceptance?  To what extent do you think this drives your decision-making process?

1 comment:

  1. Firstly, I am glad that the article reminded the audience that peer pressure can have good consequences. I feel that the phrase “peer pressure” is often used in talks regarding drugs and alcohol, leaving it with a negative connotation. Personally, peer pressure recently helped me confront my fear of heights during an amusement park ride.

    Secondly, I think that those kids who seem to possess characteristics that help them to resist peer pressure have confidence in their peer circle’s stability and/or their own ability to find support in a variety of people. This assurance most likely mitigates the main worry, for me personally, that going against peer pressure could result in the loss of a friend or two.

    I do take some pleasure in social acceptance, and I presume most people do. Humans are social creatures. The health of a person is divided into social, mental, physical, environmental, and emotional parts, and consequently, society is necessary for a person’s well-being. For me, social acceptance might affect my physical appearance and occasionally, my emotional state, but overall, my mental state and most of my actions remain independently motivated.