put (oneself) in (someone's) place(redirected from putting ourselves in someone else's place)
put (oneself) in (someone's) place
To imagine oneself in the situation or circumstances of another person so as to understand or empathize with their perspective, opinion, or point of view. Before being quick to judge someone for their actions, you should always try to put yourself in their place. Everyone is human, after all. Put yourself in my place and then tell me what you would have done! It isn't as straightforward as you're making it seem!
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.
put (oneself) in (someone else's) placeand put oneself in someone else's shoes
to allow oneself to see or experience something from someone else's point of view. Put yourself in someone else's place, and see how it feels. I put myself in Tom's shoes and realized that I would have made exactly the same choice.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
put (someone) in (someone's) place
To lower the dignity of (someone); humble.
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