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    shake some sense into herself

    She would never again run her fingers through his soft hair. She took a deep breath, dried her eyes and tried to shake some sense into herself. But it was useless.

    In the sentences above, a phrase underlined(shake some sense into herself) means that she just tried to 'calm down'?
    How should I understand the situation?
    Help me please...masters of language:)

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    Re: shake some sense into herself

    get herself under control
    see things clearly
    get a clear perspecitve on things

    It is very akward.
    Most times, people don't shake themselves.

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