Crab Mentality, Or the Culture of Pulling Down

crab mentality

Written: January 23, 2013 | Updated on February 18th, 2020 | Jun P. Espina

Crab Mentality

One black American friend of mine told me that his problem is the crab mentality of his relatives. I think this problem is true in all cultures, for it stems from our envious and covetous nature—our nature to love what’s not ours! Like crabs, we pull down to our level anyone who will rise above us from among our clan members. As a family, we want our relative who’s richer than we are to help us and pull us out from  where we are.

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