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Every teen will fall into a place in the pecking order in high school, usually ranging from the most popular to the “losers” there isn’t any way to get away from it. Where one falls in this chain of command is mostly based on common interests or traits that people have with each other. Though people mainly associate cliques with a negative connotation, there can be upsides to it as well such as simply a sense of belonging, or a source of support. But the copious amount of reasons why cliques are a bad thing to have out weigh the good reasons why. The definition of a clique is: A close group of friends that is exclusive; not all people who would like to join are accepted. Members of cliques share similar interests and goals. Cliques can be seen as powerful, often including the most popular kids and attracting attention from classmates. To gain power, clique leaders often switch back and forth between making their "followers" – clique members – feel good and then cutting them down as said on. Along with involvement with a certain clique comes the problem of pressures from others. Pressure to conform is a problem that may cause people such as teens to become more involved with bad behavior. For example, a teenager may become involved in drinking, alcohol and sex in order to fit in with their friends because it is the cool thing to do. Cliques usually have 3 to 9 members, and are usually unisex groups in adolescent years. It is more frequent among girls to be in cliques. During mid-adolescent years these groups usually start to become mixed-sex groups. This was in a book by (Charles G. Morris and Albert A. Maisto; Basic Psychology)             Cliques give people a sense of belonging, because they have people that are in their comfort zone to talk to, and they don’t feel left out. They are afraid to leave their friends and to make new ones, a lot of people are afraid to be...

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