DIRECTIONS: Was there ever a time you knew that a group you were in was making


DIRECTIONS: Was there ever a time you knew that a group you were in was making a bad decision but you didn’t speak up to stop it? Many people would say yes, and even if you wouldn’t, there are probably occasions where this has happened to others you know.
Pretend you are talking to your younger self (or younger relative, future child) who is getting ready to enter high school. You want to help prepare them for the peer pressure of the adolescent experience. Of the group-related processes detailed in the social psychology in Chapter 10, pick 2-3 of your favorite group behavior concepts and explain what it means in your own
words. Then give yourself examples of the situations in which this peer pressure or other
social group behaviors might occur and advice on how younger you might be able to resist
peer pressure from leading to negative behavior.
Hint: (For examples: conformity, obedience to authority, bystander apathy, deindividuation,
groupthink, etc.)
HELPFUL HINTS:
Think about the lessons and mistakes you have lived through in your social groups.
Did you ever follow a crowd you shouldn’t have? Did you do too much for a relationship that failed? Have you listened to an authority figure and wished you would have disobeyed? Have you ever ignored an authority figure and wished you would have obeyed?
You can never go wrong when organizing your writing in this format:
I. Introduction (introduce your topic + what MAIN point want to communicate)
II. Body (elaborate on the main points using evidence or examples)
III. Conclusion (summarize your ideas and provide ideas for solutions or future steps)


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