Reflexive pronouns are used:
Reflexive pronouns - Easy Learning Grammar
- when the speaker or writer is referring to an action that he or she has caused to happen and of which he or she is also the object.
- I cut myself with the carving knife.
- Sometimes I just don’t like myself very much.
- when the direct object or prepositional object of a sentence has the same reference as the subject.
- John looked at her.
- John looked at himself.
- John taught himself to play the guitar.
- The first golden rule is not to take oneself too seriously.
- One asks oneself whether it is worth the bother.
- One owes it to oneself to do something worthwhile.
- Jeremy introduced himself.
- The cat washed itself.
- Jeremy washed and dressed, then went out.
- They all looked at him in silence.
- She looked at herself in the mirror.
- The reflexive can be used to make something you say stronger. To make a strong point, we sometimes use a normal subject or object pronoun and a reflexive pronoun as well.
- He told me himself that he was leaving.
- I’ll do it myself.
- The reflexive can also be used with or without by meaning ‘alone’ or ‘without help’.
- I think you should try and do it yourself.
- Did she do that all by herself?
- They should stop blaming one another.
- We will always love each other.