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connection of crab mentality to jealousy?

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    9 years ago
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    Crab mentality, sometimes referred to as crabs in the bucket, describes a way of thinking best described by the phrase "if I can't have it, neither should you." The metaphor refers to a pot of crabs. Individually, the crabs could easily escape from the pot, but instead, they grab at each other in a useless "king of the hill" competition (or sabotage) which prevents any from escaping and ensures their collective demise. The analogy in human behavior is that of a group that will attempt to "pull down" (negate or diminish the importance of) any member who achieves success beyond the others, out of envy, conspiracy or competitive feelings.

    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.[1]

    Jealousy is a secondary emotion and typically refers to the negative thoughts and feelings of insecurity, fear, and anxiety over an anticipated loss of something that the person values, particularly in reference to a human connection. Jealousy often consists of a combination of presenting emotions such as anger, sadness, resentment and disgust. It is not to be confused with envy.

    So they are quite different feelings and you shouldn't mix them up.

    I hope I've helped you,


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  • 9 years ago

    I dont think jealousy is the cause of crab mentality per se.

    Jealousy is the need to have what other people have. Crab mentality is a no win course of action, unlike theft, the crab knows he is not going to be enriched when he takes that course of action.

    I think the crab mentalilty could be related to feelings of inferiority. The crab needs to keep people from escaping and progressing from his socio-economic stratum because he feels unable to do so.

    Also related is schadenfreude: the feeling of happiness that comes from seeing others suffer.

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