PASAGE

Saint John

Self-Esteem

“Belonging” to a group of peers is important you. How we respond to negative peer pressure depends on our self-esteem. That is simply how we feel about ourselves. If we have a high self-esteem then we feel good about ourselves. On the other hand, if our self-esteem is low, we see ourselves in a negative way. When we have a low self-esteem we look to others to bring us back up.

The peer group affects the decisions that we make, what activities we try, what music we listen to, or what style of clothing we should wear. This is often done indirectly; we are not aware of it taking place. However, we can be easily led by the group to participate in activities we would not normally take part in. For example, if the group drinks and uses drugs, we tend to use drugs as well.

To avoid negative peer influence, we should begin to think and act as an individual. That is by setting our own goals and desires and not simply following others, and by thinking ahead to avoid possible problem situations.

It is important for you as an individual to feel confident with what you believe in. There are several ways you can do this:

10 Responses to Negative Peer Pressure:

  • Speak up for yourself;
  • Don’t put yourself down;
  • Remember, you are in charge of your life;
  • Stop feeling sorry for yourself;
  • Believe in yourself;
  • Be all that you can be;
  • Satisfy your needs; and
  • Be proud of yourself.