Reflexive pronouns have the same forms as intensive pronouns. Unlike intensive pronouns, reflexive pronouns are essential to the meaning of a sentence.
Examples and Observations:
- "Good breeding consists of concealing how much we think of ourselves and how little we think of the other person."
- "Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self."
- "Take everything you like seriously, except yourselves."
- "Suppose you were an idiot and suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself."
- "A kleptomaniac is a person who helps himself because he can't help himself."
- Hypercorrectness and Reflexive Pronouns
"The tendency toward hypercorrectness occurs with the reflexives as well as with the personal pronouns. It's quite common to hear the reflexive where the standard rule calls for me, the straight objective case:
- * Tony cooked dinner for Carmen and myself.
- * The boss promised Pam and myself a year-end bonus.
* Ted and myself decided to go out and celebrate.These nonstandard ways of using the reflexive are probably related to emphasis as well as to hypercorrection. Somehow the two-syllable myself sounds more emphatic than either me or I."
(Martha Kolln, Rhetorical Grammar: Grammatical Choices, Rhetorical Effects, 3rd ed. Allyn and Bacon, 1999)