Crab Mentality

Crabs are thought to be selfish, not shellfish, as they will undermine and halt the progress of other crabs, thinking that if they can’t have it, then neither should any other crab be allowed to succeed.  A man watched the way a bunch of live crabs behaved when they were contained in a bucket, and he found something very interesting.  Crabs tend to be aggressive, and they will communicate with other by drumming or waving their pincers.  Crabs will squirm around at the bottom of the bucket, but eventually their natural instinct will tell them to try and climb out and some of them are able to climb walls and trees.  If only one crab is in the bucket, it will have a good chance of crawling up the side in an effort to reach the top so it can escape, by clawing its way up and out, so it can return to the wild.  

When a crab is placed in a bucket with a few of its mates, this interesting phenomenon occurs.  Each time a crab makes its way closer to the rim, another crab from below will reach up and pull it back down to their misery and the group’s collective demise.  Then, another crab will try to climb upward, and again, some crab from the bottom would tug it back down.  Thus, once one of them tries to climb out, the rest will try to pull it back into the bucket.  The one that tries to escape is frowned upon by the others, and if that crab tries to climb out a second time, the other crabs will gang up on the crab again, and they may actually begin to break its claws to completely hinder its progress.  This means that none of the crabs end up escaping, because they are all working against each other.

Toxic people will always be around trying to manipulate you and upset your life.  They will piss on your dreams and try to drag you down to their level, as misery likes company.  Some people are takers and if you give them an inch, they will take a yard, as they become emboldened and they want more and more.  When dealing with toxic people, it is important to set boundaries and make sure that you stick to them.

Written for KL Caley’s Thursday Write Photo – Crab – Image by KL Caley.

27 thoughts on “Crab Mentality

  1. I never knew this about crab behavior. Very interesting. All I know about crabs is how to steam ‘em and how to eat ‘em. And I love those Chesapeake blues.

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  2. Wow! This is such an interesting look at crab mentality, Jim. Thank you so much. I like how you related it to human behaviour, misery loves company indeed, I think we have all met a person or two (although hopefully not too many) who are just like that. Thank you for a great contribution to #writephoto. KL ❤

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  3. Hi Jim,
    This may be our first meeting and you made it an interesting one.
    I knew crabs could be mean little spots but I did not know what you pointed out.
    It made for a great reflection back to how some people act in the presence of someone else’s success.

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