Develop a strong sense of identity
Be very clear about your vision that what you exactly want out of life. And make sure not to compromise on your personal values just for the sake of others or their perception about you. Such attitude will help you in dealing the peer pressure effectively.
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Build your self-esteem
Love yourself, pamper yourself and take a wonderful care of yourself. Do not miss any chance to appreciate your efforts and celebrate your accomplishments. Your negative perception about yourself can make you more assailable to peer pressure. So check out How to Have a Good Self Image.
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Respond kindly and politely
Your kind and polite response in return of your peer’s irritating attitude can make him or her realize their fault. Therefore, there is no need to attack them early. Have some patience and give them chance, at least three times.
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Your peer pressures a fourth time- don’t be nice
If your peer repeats his or her irritating attitude, do be nice for the fourth time. Let him or her that you have some self respect and you possess the capability to respond rudely but you don’t want a mess.
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No means NO!
Stick to this simple rule of life to let your peer know that you don’t compromise on your rules for life. No doubt saying no requires guts, but it is the simplest but very useful tool to make your peers realize that there is no point to mess up with you.
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Never ever play the sympathy card
Some people play the sympathy card with a hope that it may work to cope the peer pressure. It may be helpful once, but you can lose your self respect in return. Moreover, this tactic may get you the nickname as a “Mr./MS. Weak.”
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Laugh it off
The importance of taking things lightly as a tool to tackle peer pressure is beyond price. If you feel that you are in an uncomfortable situation due to peers, find a humorous point in the conversation to take it easy. Happy people by nature possess the capabilities to deal with the annoying peers.
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