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Stepping Up to Peer Pressure

| March 17, 2015

by Jim Bruce

We’ve all been in situations where we’ve succumbed to peer pressure.  We often argue to ourselves that it’s too hard to step up with a different point of view – we won’t be liked, we’ll do harm to our relationships, and after all it’s not that big of a deal.  However, in many cases, it is a big deal.
In today’s Tuesday Reading, a short video “One Simple Skill to Overcome Peer Pressure,” “The Behavioral Science Guys,” David Maxfield and Joseph Grenny, first point out that research has shown that independent of age and regardless of gender, race, or background some 2/3rds of any group goes along with the crowd.  They then illustrate that when one person politely expresses doubt 95% of subjects in a simple demonstration test expressed their true opinion.
Do watch the short video and master the skill so that when you feel you have a legitimate different point of view, you can step up and quietly and politely express your doubt.  The result will be that everyone then will then begin to really think for him or her.
So, add this to your toolkit today and work to put it into practice.
Have a great week.  .  .  .     jim