Reflexive pronouns are words that end in -self or -selves such as myself, yourself and themselves. They are used to show that the subject of the sentence that performs an action is the same as the object that receives the action; that is, the subject acts on itself as expressed by the verb in the sentence. The subject of the sentence has to be a personal pronoun for a reflexive pronoun to refer back to the subject. The reflexive pronoun acts as the direct object. It can also be an indirect object.
There are altogether eight reflexive pronouns and none of these are used as the subject of a sentence. Each personal pronoun has a corresponding reflexive pronoun which is formed by adding –self to the singular and –selves to the plural pronouns as shown in the following table.
The subject and the object are the same person. The antecedent subject pronoun comes first and the reflexive pronoun refers to it. If we don’t use the reflexive pronoun, the meaning changes as shown by this example.
Besides those in the tables above, there is another reflexive pronoun: oneself.