There can definitely be a “cool kid” dynamic when it comes to groups of coworkers.
Back in middle school, you might have had a group of friends, and the whole time spent together was basically trying to impress one person in the group, the cool kid. I had one of these.
In such groups, no one acts like themselves. Everyone's trying to be what they think the cool kid thinks is cool.
Even though adults might be less outrageous in their social tactics, the same dynamics can creep in.
If this is what's happening, is recommend two things.
Dave Wolovsky, MS CAPP
Relationships Coach, answering the internet's questions about all kinds of relationships.