(1) You can use the word myself when "you" are doing something to "you" (e.g., I hate myself. I asked myself a question.)|
(In this role, the word myself is called a reflexive pronoun.)
(2) You can use the word myself for emphasis (e.g., I did it myself.)
(In this role, the word myself is called an emphatic pronoun.)
These are the only times, you can use myself. Do not use myself because you think it sounds more formal or polite (e.g., Please contact myself if you have any questions. )
Emphatic and Reflexive PronounsMyself, yourself, herself, himself, itself, ourselves, yourselves, and themselves are all pronouns. They can be either emphatic pronouns or reflexive pronouns.
In order to understand when to use them, you have to know the difference between an emphatic pronoun and a reflexive pronoun. That sounds pretty complicated, but it's not too bad. Here we go...
Emphatic PronounsWhen used for emphasis, they are called emphatic pronouns.
You can test if it's an emphatic pronoun by removing it completely and seeing if you get the same effect by emphasizing the thing you're trying to emphasize with your voice (shown below in bold and italics).
Reflexive PronounsIn most sentences, somebody does something to someone else. For example:
DON'T USE MYSELF TO BE POLITE
The most common problem is a writer using a reflexive pronoun to describe when something is doing something to something else (and not doing it to itself). For example: