If you’re a person then everything that occurs toward you is personal. Why? Simply for the reason that it is ‘of your person’, which makes it personal. I know there’s a meme that has infected most minds that a lot of what you encounter in life should not be ‘taken personally’. I think this is a terrible mistake. It gives implicit permission not to treat others, or yourself be treated, as a person.
It would be such a better place for all persons to be treated personally ALL THE TIME.
When you’re next asked not to take something personally you’re really being asked not to get upset about it, not to react, not to make amends, not to take revenge, not to argue, not to stand up for your rights, and most certainly not to realise that you are being dehumanised.