The term Crab Mentality has been defined as:

Analogous to the behaviour of a person who diminishes or pulls down anyone else who achieves or is about to achieve success greater than their own.

I was looking for a idiomatic term that describes a mentality that is the opposite of Crab mentality. IOW, a term that best describes a Supportive and Empowering mentality of a person?

Context: The newly elected Head of State is providing constant support and encouragement to those people in his country who intends to become entrepreneurs.

Example sentence: The newly elected Head of State, who is famous for his supportive & empowering mentality, has already set the tone for a new way of doing business in Country XX.

So, in the above sentence I would like to replace the two words "supportive and empowering" with a more idiomatic term.

  • I can think of several ways of conveying this idea, but they would be used in different ways. Could you give us a sample sentence? Dec 24, 2016 at 18:02
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    D_S: I took a wild stab at writing a fill-in-the-blank sentence for you. It's probably not what you have in mind -- so could you please edit your question and adjust the fill-in-the-blank sentence, to fit what you're looking for? Dec 24, 2016 at 19:07
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    D_S: Progress! Now you need to explain why the phrase you rejected, "supportive and empowering mentality", doesn't do the trick for you. For example -- maybe "I need something more idiomatic / modern / old-fashioned" or "I need a buzz word" or "I need something less hackneyed" or "I need something more unusual, designed to impress people with my large vocabulary" -- whatever it is, just be honest. Dec 24, 2016 at 19:15
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    @aparente001 So, I have edited the question to suggest that I'm looking for a idiomatic term that has the same meaning as supportive and empowering.
    – DSarkar
    Dec 24, 2016 at 19:19
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    Very good. Sorry if the process was difficult. I think your question is going to take off now! I will add "can-do" to my answer and others may have additional ideas. Dec 24, 2016 at 19:30

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Here is an idiom that doesn't mean exactly the same thing, literally, but which expresses the feeling I think you're aiming for.


willing to try different ways to solve problems and confident that you will succeed (always before noun): *Her can-do attitude is the reason we chose her for the job.*

(Cambridge Idioms Dictionary)

I am fed up with the crab mentality that was so prevalent under the previous administration. Mr. X's can-do attitude has already set the tone for a new way of doing business in Country Y.


altruistic support refers to unselfish concern and active support.

  • "I would like to thank my brother for his altruistic support, encouragement, and belief in me and in everything I do."

  • "This study was conducted with the altruistic support of two great teachers who I wish to thank..."

  • "Consumers do not buy simply out of altruistic support for those who need to increase their sales revenue."

  • @Cascabel You're right. It simply slipped my mind.
    – Centaurus
    Dec 24, 2016 at 18:46

Although the person who had asked the question has already chosen an answer, however, even that person and other visitors to the site may find the following information useful:

Transformative mentality

The Cambridge Online Dictionary for advanced learners of the language defines the term transformative as follows:

causing a major change to something or someone, especially in a way that makes it or them better

Considering that a simple search for the phrase on Google generates over 300,000 results, I believe that it has some traction amongst the authors.

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