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In high school popularity isnt a contest ---- its war a line stated by Eddie Griffin in the comedy movie New Guy about the high school nerd destroying the popularity-obsessed social system after being released from imprisonment As much as The New Guy was just a motion picture the conflict of the scripts plot exists in actuality Fitting in with Peers Students spend more time in school than at home And social popularity is most influenced in the 5 day meets in school Bill Hocter a local psychiatrist says Adolescence is the time when we start to separate individually more from our families and establish our own identities School aides teachers administrators and classmates are all that fill the role of a students peers And to cordially fit in with peers is a task that still has difficulty being performed Reinventing an image to fit in can sometimes result to extreme actions and the factors may include fear of loneliness poor judgment lack of parental supervision and failing to recognize ones self worth as said by local psychiatrist Bill Hocter MD The decision to belong to a certain group and adopt their dress talk likes and dislikes is all part of a teen trying to fit in with her peers Sometimes influence by peers is the way to acceptance of a certain crowd This is the most challenging part of being a teenager Feeling accepted by peers becomes terribly important probably in an exaggerated way This seems to be the case on Guam even more than in other places Ive seen perhaps because people move around less and form more lasting attachments says Hocter Teens will look to their peers for norms in dress drugs alcohol and sexual behaviors As a teen it becomes a social addiction to pursue things that may be wrong to be recognized in a crowd Blas adds In some cases teens unsure of themselves look into
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