Social pressure is becoming an epidemic of astronomical proportions. In a 2018 poll by teen social media site After School, over 45% of teens reported feeling stressed “all the time”, and cited relationships and teachers as being the primary reason why.
It doesn’t stop there. Intense parental pressure to perform is causing young adults to enter Universities with pre-existing depression and anxiety issues at alarming rates. And once you’ve graduated, it doesn’t get easier. According to a 2018 survey by the Korn Ferry Institute, over 35% of workers reported their biggest source of stress as being their boss.
At this point in time, social pressure is so ingrained into our society it’s difficult to really see where it’s coming from. By the end of this video, you’ll learn about five specific negative social pressure examples, as well as how to detach yourself from the mob mentality and start living your life according to your own terms.
What is Social Pressure?
“Peer pressure (or social pressure) is the direct influence on people by peers, or the effect on an individual who gets encouraged to follow their peers by changing their attitudes, values or behaviors to conform to those of the influencing group or individual.”Wikipedia
It’s not just for teens, who are affected by social pressure. Adults are too. Social pressure can be both negative and positive.
The social pressure examples we’ll cover on the show today include:
We’ll also be covering multiple dangers of social pressure, including:
- Increased self-destructive behavior (drinking, drugs, etc)
- Increased self-esteem and mental health issues
- Increased risk of isolation
- Increased risk of suicide or self-harm
Lastly, you’ll want to know exactly how to shield yourself from social pressure once you can identify it’s happening. Some of the key strategies shared on today’s episode include:
- Investing in your self-care
- Knowing your own values
- Knowing your personal boundaries
- Remembering you have a choice
- Remembering they have their own choice
Ready to start feeling less pressured? Click below to watch or listen to today’s episode.
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