This phenomenon is also reflected in human psychology under the term ‘Crab Mentality’. This kind of mentality influences people's thoughts, statements, and actions in various situations.
It’s pervasive across the world and is being observed everywhere regardless of gender, faith, or any other differences. Perhaps, we can see it under the debilitating consequences of this psychological trait, and it’s saddening to see how its citizens, despite identifying the pitfalls, persistently reflect and propagate the statement:
"Your success burns my eyes."
This is certainly a potent metaphor for what is frequently described as a very typical Indian trait: it can be not allowing someone else to forge ahead as well. Indians don't even seem to be inclined to lift one another when there is even the tiniest indication that they are succeeding.
The crab mentality affects both victims and perpetrators sometimes. Sometimes you're the one being pulled down, and other times you're the one pulling.
Crab mentality exists in various domains. Let’s take a look at some of the examples that happen in our daily life:
- When it comes to your physical appearance: if you manage to start exercising and improving your diet after neglecting to do so for a long time, acquaintances who aren’t able to do the same might try to sabotage your progress.
- When it comes to your social situation: if you start engaging in a new hobby that helps you socialize with new people, older friends might mock the hobby and discourage you from engaging in it.
- When it comes to your finances: if you manage to start paying off your debts after a long string of poor financial decisions, people in your family who aren’t making similar progress might ridicule your achievements.
Indians have crab mentality,they remain busy in pulling each other's leg so that no one excels.Ongoing #AAPWar is fine example of this trait— Dr Garekar (@DrGarekar) April 21, 2015
Since there is ample room for everyone to succeed, we need to learn how to work and support one another.
Bear in mind that you’re a human, not a crab.
Yes, it could be daunting to succeed while others are actively trying to bring you down, but remember it's not impossible. It can be done, and it is possible.
If you're a true visionary or someone who is looking for something greater for yourself, then keep climbing forward; before you realize it, your constant work, struggle, and sacrifice will build the wings you need to soar and fly.
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