Conformity vs. non-conformity

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Peer pressure with today’s teens is really similar to what it was back in the day, except now we’ve got the Internet, so it’s on a much bigger and grander scale and it’s more frequent. But really what it comes down to no matter which form it’s under, it’s all about conforming or being a non-conformist. I think that what happens is so many other kids will roll with it, just because they don’t want to stick out. And I think that it’s really important that today’s teens need to understand that it’s really important to blaze your own trail in life, to fight for what you believe for, to be a non-conformist, to do the opposite of what everybody’s doing and to be able to develop your own identity and blaze your own life this way.
TEEN, Social Life, Peer Pressure

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Jerry Weichman, PhD

Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Jerry Weichman is a licensed psychologist and adolescent specialist as well as an author, speaker and parenting expert. His clinical practice at Hoag Hospital's Neurosciences Institute in Newport Beach, California provides a window on contemporary teen and pre-teen behavior.

“Dr. Jerry” as his adolescent patients call him, is a young PhD who really relates to teens, speaks their lingo and has felt their pain. Author of the teen survival guide, How to Deal, and noted media expert on teen issues, Dr. Jerry is focused on helping teens cope with parents, teachers, friends and academic pressure, communicating with them in a way they understand to help successfully navigate the dramas and pressures of adolescence.

Dr. Jerry's popular speeches, lectures and seminars have presented assemblies of students, teachers, parents and administrators with practical approaches on how today’s teens can overcome the trials and tribulations of growing up, from coping with bullying to meeting parental academic expectations to walking away from drugs and other self-destructive behaviors. Jerry also sits on the board of directors for the Bullying Prevention Initiative of California and just recently sat on an expert panel for a screening of the documentary Bully.

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