I always thought it would be something to say to someone who thinks *too highly* of him/herself. But I have very low self-esteem, and I've heard it many times. So that's confusing. ???
Usually when it is said to me, the context is somewhat of a debate. I'll make a statement, someone else will disagree, I'll cite a source or something, and the response will be "get over yourself." I was never trying to be rude, only objective.
Even here on PC, in another area of the site, I said: When I hear a platitude such as "life isn't fair," and I'm already in a state of depression, it sometimes triggers a suicidal thought such as "if life isn't fair, I don't want it." And to that, someone said, "get over yourself."
If I'm interpreting the phrase correctly, it means, "don't have any self-esteem *at all.* If you assert yourself one little smidgen, you're getting too big for your britches, and you need to get over yourself."
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