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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Writing about autism and Aspergers Syndrome in The New Yorker, Tim Page illustrates the restless isolation experienced as part of his disease with an example of his reaction to a banner change: "I took it personally when the Pan Am Building started passing itself off as Met Life.