bunker mentality

UK / US noun [uncountable] mainly journalism
the frightened feeling that you have when you think people are threatening or attacking you, which makes you want to avoid dealing with them

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  • bunker mentality — n. an attitude or state of mind characterized by extreme suspiciousness and defensiveness and by a feeling of being under attack by a hostile opposition while being confined as if in a fortified bunker * * * …   Universalium

  • bunker mentality — n. an attitude or state of mind characterized by extreme suspiciousness and defensiveness and by a feeling of being under attack by a hostile opposition while being confined as if in a fortified bunker …   English World dictionary

  • bunker mentality — noun defensiveness resulting from repeated attacks after so many suicide bombings the Israelis have to resist developing a bunker mentality • Hypernyms: ↑defensiveness * * * noun : a state of mind especially among members of a group that is… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Bunker mentality — A bunker mentality is a slang phrase for a phenomenon that occurs when a group or individual stops taking new, pertinent information into account, and begins viewing outsiders as enemies, due to an isolation resulting from being under attack.… …   Wikipedia

  • bunker mentality — /ˈbʌŋkə mɛntæləti/ (say bungkuh mentaluhtee) noun a frame of mind in which one sees other people as presenting a constant threat to one s plans, authority, etc., leading to unduly defensive behaviour. {bunker (def. 3) + mentality (def. 2) …   Australian English dictionary

  • bunker mentality — noun Date: 1976 a state of mind especially among members of a group that is characterized by chauvinistic defensiveness and self righteous intolerance of criticism …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • bunker — bun•ker [[t]ˈbʌŋ kər[/t]] n. 1) a large bin or receptacle; a fixed chest or box: a coal bunker[/ex] 2) for a partially underground chamber, often of reinforced concrete, built as a bomb shelter or as part of a fortification 3) spo Golf. any… …   From formal English to slang

  • Edward Bunker — For the founder of Bunkerville, Nevada, see Edward Bunker (Mormon).Infobox writer name = Edward Bunker caption = birthdate = birth date|1933|12|31|mf=y birthplace = city state|Hollywood|California, United States deathdate = death date and… …   Wikipedia

  • bunkermentality — bunker mentality n. An attitude of extreme defensiveness and self justification based on an often exaggerated sense of being under persistent attack from others. * * * …   Universalium

  • men·tal·i·ty — /mɛnˈtæləti/ noun, pl ties [count] : a particular way of thinking usually singular You can only wonder about the mentality of someone who does such things. He criticizes filmmakers for their blockbuster mentality. [=for thinking only about making …   Useful english dictionary

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