Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

get into (somebody's) head

get into somebody's head
1) attempt to understand how somebody thinks
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    • get into the criminal's head
  • Analysis

    The idiom to 'get into somebody's head' means to make an attempt to understand how someone thinks or how they are feeling usually because you want to manipulate someone or catch them out in some way.

  • Social Examples (Advance)
    1. I just can't get into Robert's head. He seems to act so irrationally.
    2. My sister has been so quiet lately.  I wish I could get into her head so I could understand what's going on.
  • Professional Examples (Advance)
    1. The detective attempted to get into the criminal's head to try and understand his motives and figure out where he was likely to strike next.
    2. We have to get into the head of our target market and really understand their pain points.
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2) attempt to disrupt someone's focus, performance, or confidence
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    • don't let the opposition get into your head
  • Analysis
     often in order to manipulate or undermine somebody
  • Professional Examples (Advance)
    1. Eric looked nervous giving that speech at the conference. I think the boss's criticisms of his public speaking skills had gotten into his head.
    2. You have to be strong during the negotiations. The other side will use all the tricks in the book to make you doubt yourself, but you cannot let them get into your head.
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