ELI5: Explain Like I'm 5

crab bucket

Imagine you are at the beach, and you found a bucket with a bunch of crabs inside. Now, these crabs could escape from the bucket if they worked together, but they don't because they're not very nice to each other.

When one crab tries to climb up the side of the bucket to escape, the other crabs grab onto it and pull it back down. It's like they are saying, "Hey, where do you think you're going? You're not better than us!"

This is called the "crab bucket" mentality. It's when each crab in the bucket pulls down any crab that tries to escape.

Like the crabs in the bucket, people sometimes act like this too. They don't like to see other people succeed or do well because they feel like they should be doing just as well or better. So, instead of helping each other reach their goals, they try to keep each other down.

The crab bucket mentality encourages negative behavior and can lead to jealousy, competition, and resentment. It's not a good thing, and it's much better to work together and support each other's success.