a siege mentality

a siege mentality

the belief that you must protect yourself because other people are going to attack you Many designers develop a siege mentality because they're terrified someone will steal their ideas.
See also: mentality
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PETER McGLYNN has revealed a siege mentality has helped put Bray Wanderers on course for their best Premier Division finish in four years.
The group is fully concentrated on what's going on between our four walls," said Sinfield, who has spoken frequently about a siege mentality in the England camp.
Cooper is happy to be underdogs in most people's eyes and has revealed that he has tried to channel some of the negative energy around his club into a siege mentality to try and motivate his players.
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.
Fir Park defender Steven Hammell fears the sacking of McGlynn could spark a siege mentality at Hearts.
45pm ONE sign of a great football manager is being able to create a siege mentality out of absolutely nothing, writes James Milton.
UNDER-FIRE Stourbridge must create a siege mentality if they are to retain their National One status, says director of rugby, Neil Mitchell.
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.
Criticism after the first two performances was fair and, judging by the way the team got together on the field after yesterday's victory over Slovenia, there seems to be a siege mentality growing in the 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.
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.
My point: I don't think we need so many priests (and nuns) as we had when the church was in a siege mentality, defending itself against the Protestants, atheists and secularists.