Badly Drawn Crab is judging you.
Wikipedia & Urban Dictionary, trustworthy sources for life knowledge (but NOT for academic writing) tell me that the crab mentality is a (social) psychology phenomenon based on what happens with crabs in a bucket.
The crabs could easily escape from said bucket (as they’re climbing all on and over each other, one of them is bound to reach the edge) but never do because they keep pulling each other down.
“If I can’t have it, neither can you.”
In Human Land, this comes down to “if I can’t have it, neither can you without me being a TOTAL DICK about it so maybe you will enjoy it less.”
The more successful you are, the more well known you are, the more other people will be dicks to and/or about you.
Mean comments, uncalled-for criticism, people talking shit behind your back, and maybe in the worst cases even some sabotaging and backstabbing — I can imagine that this could be the case in the corporate world, online it’s mostly just some name calling and 12-year olds being little shits on Instagram.
Crab mentality: if they can’t have it, neither can someone else. If someone else has it, they can’t have it without the rest pulling them down in any way they can.
When I told Andrew this in our Podcast, he dead panned: “Sounds like the Dutch.”
I wish I could disagree with him and come to our defense, saying that we are a better people.
But we are not. It’s true. Some of us worse than others, but we have the tendency to either internally or externally pull each other down.
Because God forbid someone leaves our bucket of mediocrity.
Well, to that I say. Let’s ALL leave the bucket of mediocrity, by tackling that mindset first.
Here’s how to get rid of the crab mentality.