Crab Mentality

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Crab mentality describes a way of thinking best described by the phrase “if I can’t have it, neither can you.” The metaphor refers to a pot of crabs, and is used to describe any behavior inhibiting the free actions of another. Collectively, the crabs could easily escape from the pot, but instead, they grab at each other in a useless “king of the hill” competition.

This term is broadly associated with short-sighted, non-constructive thinking rather than a unified, long-term, constructive mentality. It is also often used colloquially in reference to individuals or communities attempting to “escape” a so-called “underprivileged life”, but kept from doing so by others attempting to ride upon their coat-tails or those who simply resent their success.

It describes a selfish and desperate lust to pull other people down, denigrating them rather than letting them get ahead or pursue their dreams. It is an unwillingness to allow someone to get out of dire or bad life situations, often being foiled by friends and family members who keep sucking them back in. This trait can strike at several levels of life, like in office environments, particularly on promotion. It is a reflection of the famous saying “we all like to see our friends get ahead, but not too far ahead

-I just hate them!Why can’t they be happy for those who are lucky or work hard in order to get to the top. Tehy are so immature and insecure! They are just jealous because they cannot accept the fact that someone is above them or have more than what they have. I just don’t like their attitude! duh!


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