NaBloPoMo · observations · Wednesday

Positive peer pressure…

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The questions today are:
Can peer pressure be positive?
Why or why not?

And here’s what I think:

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Though the peer pressure that gets the most publicity is of the negative kind
I do think peer pressure can be positive.

I think it all depends on who your peers are and their values and beliefs.
Positive peer pressure is unselfish and builds up.
Negative peer pressure is self-serving and tears down.

There are times when a friend or co-worker comes to me
for a heart-to-heart about something they feel needs to be addressed.
They are always kind and considerate, not pushy, but resolute.
I might feel a little pressure but not the demeaning or bullying pressure
felt with negative peer pressure.

I always appreciate their words but do not always do as they think I should.
Sometimes to my regret.

 I am thankful for the thoughtfulness of positive peers
and the courage it takes to speak because
they believe what they have to say is for my good.

11 thoughts on “Positive peer pressure…

  1. Reminds me of the old saying…If you lay down with dogs you’ll wake with fleas. It’s who you associate with that makes peer pressure positive. Positive people are just that positive. I’ve seen some people that were so negative that you cringe just being around them.

    Have a fabulous day. Scritches to Teddy. 🙂

    1. I know what you mean. I have a neighbor who is so negative all the timer that I have to brace myself to visit her because I know it will take all my strength not to bop her one. 🙂

  2. Good thoughtful post. I think the word pressure is what makes it sound bad, but you are right there are times it can be for good. Interventions can be positive peer pressure. Ultimately, we have to be responsible for our own actions.

    1. I think being responsible for our own actions is a hard lesson to learn and some never do. Maybe they need more pressure? Or less? If there is too much pressure put on me I get a tad stubborn.

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