Escaping the Crab Mentality | Monday Minute

The crab mentality, also known as “crabs in a bucket” (also barrel, basket, or pot) mentality, is a way of thinking best described by the phrase “if I can’t have it, neither can you”. The metaphor refers to a pattern of behavior noted in crabs when they are trapped in a bucket. While any onecrab could easily escape, its efforts will be undermined by others, ensuring the group’s collective demise. The term “crabs in a barrel” is commonly used to signify an instance where a person is being held back by “alleged” haters.

What if the “crabs in the barrel” are not people? I would like to submit for your consideration that the term “crab mentality” is a reference to the self-limiting thoughts within us.

This week, let’s purpose to remove 3 types of “crabby” thoughts from our lives:

  1. Fear
  2. Insecurity
  3. Doubt

Yesterday, I shared more on this with our Community as we began Soul Therapy Volume 2 if you wanted to take a listen.

As we take a holistic approach to get emotionally healthy, feel free to join us in two practices we are encouraging this week:


I’m Cheering For You,
Vince Thomas, Jr.

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