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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If that is a result of a siege mentality inside the dressing room then Caixinha is getting something right.
Carr said: "I think maybe creating a siege mentality over a contentious issue is nearly old fashioned at this stage.
There is no siege mentality, just a sieve mentality from a bunch of sieves.
45pm ONE sign of a great football manager is being able to create a siege mentality out of absolutely nothing, writes James Milton.
AT the end of another week of turmoil, Liverpool kept their season alive by drawing on the siege mentality that - earlier in seas sieg the campaign - had threatened to derail them.
It was a siege mentality when things were going against us.
Lievremont, though, says England's unpopularity invokes a siege mentality which makes them difficult to beat.
DAVID PROCTOR was delighted to hear Terry Butcher aiming a blast at the SPL last Tuesday - as he reckons the rant will foster the siege mentality Caley thrive on.
The Middle East and the whole world are at a crucial moment in time with the Middle East peace process," Abdullah said, "Israel has to make a choice: either to help establish a comprehensive regional peace, or to remain in its siege mentality," the paper reported from a statement released from Abdullah's office.
The various walls that politicians have erected between Israelis and Palestinians (symbolic and actual) have forced many into a siege mentality.
So ditch the siege mentality to paraphrase that Lennon song, its not like theres a war on.
There are often sound reasons why the capital city attracts investment and it is easy to adopt a siege mentality.
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.
The lead headline read, 'Bosh prepares for nuclear strike against DPRK' (Democratic Peoples' Republic of Korea)--an insight into its siege mentality.
the faltering economy, the terrorism, the siege mentality in Washington--is nothing like the perspective of middle-class America, the vast swath of small cities, towns, villages and rural real estate that make up most of America outside the urban corridors of power and prestige on the east and west coasts and in a few interrior population centers.