take (something) personally

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take (something) personally

To be offended, upset, or negatively affected by something at a personal level; to consider something as being a direct, personal attack against oneself. Don't take his comments personally—he's that hard on everyone in the office. I know these comments are all from anonymous people on the internet that I'll never meet, but it's still hard not to take them personally. I'm just afraid that all these people we're not inviting to the wedding will take it personally.
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take something personally

to interpret a remark as if it were mean or critical about oneself. Don't take it personally, but you really need a haircut. I want to tell you something, but please don't take it personally.
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take something ˈpersonally

feel personally offended by somebody’s general remark, etc: I was talking about people having smelly socks, and I’m afraid Mike took it personally.Look, don’t take this personally, Sue, but there are several people in this office who are not working hard enough.
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Apparently, he doesn't know that many, very normal consumers take it personally when a name they worked with and respected is suddenly replaced with another name.
Since good workers are nigh unto irreplaceable, take it personally when younger workers leave.
For that to happen, we need to understand just what quality leadership is, and then to take it personally.
When your car stops running, you may kick one of its tires; generally, however, you don't take it personally.
The distortion of rational thinking comes at the next stage, after it is realized that different points of view exist and when people start to take it personally.