To Be beside yourself

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To Be beside yourself : Phrases


Under great emotional stress.


After being unexpectedly laid off from his job, Robin
was beside himself but was hopeful that his skills would help him get an even better position.


The ancient Greeks believed that when a person was under intense pressure, the soul literally left the body and was beside itself.

The word
ecstasy has a similar meaning - its Greek root means to stand out of.

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