siege mentality

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siege mentality

The belief that one is constantly under attack and must protect oneself from hostility. Don't be surprised if Ned reacts to you with anger—he has a siege mentality that makes it difficult for him to see anything positively. Many people living in that war-torn country have developed a siege mentality.
See also: mentality, siege
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ROCK-bottom Sunderland must adopt a siege mentality as they battle relegation, according to Chris Coleman.
There is a siege mentality in the group at the moment and they have to keep responding to the challenge," he said.
The desire and mentality was there and I think you've seen, as a group of players and staff, a siege mentality - and we're going to have to have that as a football club because it's going to be us against the world because it's not going to get any easier.
I don't know if that's just part of his fiery character or if he's making a deliberate, calculated attempt to create a siege mentality inside the walls of Auchenhowie.
FORMER Dublin manager Tommy Carr doesn't believe Jim Gavin is trying to create a siege mentality following his outburst on Sunday.
For us, it is about turning the belief and confi-dence we have and our own internal perception into a bit of a siege mentality.
Football Editor MAT KENDRICK reflects on a Villa side fast disappearing from the Premier League without a fight JUST when the Aston Villa players needed a siege mentality, they continued with a sieve mentality.
His ability to antagonise and rile, as well his desire to promote entrenchment and a siege mentality, has permeated the furniture in the manager's office.
It was a siege mentality when things were going against us.
I would suggest from the tone of his letter, Kel Palmer is generating a siege mentality, that is, it is us against the world, just like Martin Johnson the coach of the English rugby team.
This extends the requirement from high-risk targets to the wider environment, and with it the need to deliver good design that creates a sense of security without a siege mentality.
Dean Sawyer, Orpington IC SAYS: Chelsea adopted a siege mentality for the entire tie and thankfully for the sake of the game got caught out by a slice of footballing genius.
Harry Redknapp has a reputation for producing attack-minded football teams, but Portsmouth's tough start to the season appears to have elicited a siege mentality.
There are often sound reasons why the capital city attracts investment and it is easy to adopt a siege mentality.
Kenny Jackett says his misfiring Swans need to keep believing in their mission after calling for a siege mentality at the Liberty Stadium.