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British pronunciation/biː bɪsˌaɪd wɒnsˈɛlf/
American pronunciation/biː bɪsˌaɪd wʌnsˈɛlf/
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to find it extremely difficult to control oneself, due to feeling really angry, excited, etc.

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to [be] beside {oneself} definition and meaning

What is the origin of the idiom "be beside oneself" and when to use it?

The origin of the idiom "be beside oneself" can be traced back to ancient Greek mythology. In Greek mythology, it was believed that when individuals experienced extreme emotional states or divine possession, their souls or spirits would temporarily leave their bodies. This state was referred to as "ekstasis," meaning being outside oneself or beside oneself. It is often used to convey a state of being deeply affected or overwhelmed by emotions, leading to a temporary loss of control or composure.

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He was beside himself with grief when he lost his beloved pet.
They are beside themselves with anger after finding out about the betrayal.
They were beside themselves with astonishment at the unexpected turn of events.
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