On Crab Mentality and Other Matters

Have you ever observed the behavior of crabs in a pot? There they are, confined in a container desperately trying to elude consumption. All possess the same motives: survival and freedom. Despite this common thread, their struggle to escape is complicated by suppression.That is, just as a crab is about to get out, another one takes its claws and pulls it down.

Such is the curse of the crab mentality, and sad to say, this mentality is famous among Filipinos whether in politics, showbiz or, worst, work place. Crab mentality is a reflection of the famous saying “we all like to see our friends get ahead, but not too far ahead.” The term  is used to describe a kind of selfish, short-sighted thinking which runs along the lines of “if I can't have it, neither can you.” This term is especially widely used among Filipinos, who use it specifically to refer to people who pull other people down, denigrating them rather than letting them get ahead or pursue their dreams. As a general rule, an accusation of having a crab mentality is a poor reflection on someone's personality.

Well, I just don't understand why crab mentality is rampant among Filipinos. I don't understand the logic behind "someone" pulling "someone" or "someone" gossiping about "someone" to ruin him. Does it have something to do with our colonial history? Does it have something to do with the way their parents trained them? Or is it because some people are born to be like this? I don't know. I don't see the logic.
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I will be transferred to Sitel Site 3 on Monday but still I'm waiting for the OESR. It's quite hard for me to leave Site 1 given the fact that it's my "home" - a place where I was trained- but I have to. I need to leave and I have to follow the directives. I know it will be a totally new environment for me - new people to be met and acquainted with- but it will be another challenge and a totally new experience which , needless to say, I strongly welcome not only for my own good but for the good of the company as well.

Surely, I will miss my Boss, my super-duper kind Boss and some of my colleagues from the Quality Department.

I need to leave and I need to have a new environment for a change. See you on Monday Site 3.


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