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Another word for cliques is social group. Cliques are normally a restricted group of people. Many times, a clique will make it very clear that not just anyone can join their crowd. Some examples of different types of cliques are jocks, preppies, skaters, nerds, brains and wannabees, but their can be many more. Cliques may have a strict code, or set of rules, for membership, how to act, and sometimes even how to dress. A clique will tend to focus on maintaining their status and popularity above all other things. They will try to make it seem like people in their group are better than those outside their clique, or like their clique is better than others. They will also try to use their “power” to hurt others, and to attract other people to their clique by seeming so powerful and cool. Most often, people want to be in a clique so that they don’t feel left out. Other people figure its better to be on the inside of the clique, then outside where there’s a possibility of the clique bullying, or tormenting them. Cliques usually have one designated leader that all the others in the group follow. This gives people who like to take control a chance to be in charge. Sometimes, cliques try to influence people that they see as a threat to their popularity, or status, or who might be powerful, or competition, to join their clique, so as to take away their threat. Many times members of one clique don’t like to associate, with members of other cliques, or people they feel are “below” them. Often, people who would like to join a certain clique are rejected because of some physical trait, or what clique they were in before. The “popular” clique wouldn’t want to accept a “nerd” into their clique, because that may ruin their image. Sometimes, girls in a clique will reject other girls because of jealously, or if they feel the other girl is competition. Normally, with most cliques, if the “leader” of the group says they don’t like someone, everyone in the group agrees with them, even if they feel differently, so that they can keep their place in the group. One mistake that many individuals make is that they feel that they should, or have to, change themselves to join a clique. This is not true! The best way to get into a clique is to be as real as possible. Don’t change yourself to join a clique. Isn’t it better to be in a clique where you are liked, and accepted for who you are, then to be in a clique where you constantly have to be fake so that others like you?
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