Pronouns with the -self suffix are "properly" used to indirectly refer to the subject of the sentence, for example "I gave myself a present". They are often "improperly" used in place of another pronoun in an attempt to convey a more formal or polite meaning, for example "I believe that problem is one for yourself". Mind you, as my parenthesis probably conveys, I don't really hold that grammatical rules are that important, particularly when they are for such an idiosyncratic language as English. [ February 07, 2007: Message edited by: Paul Sturrock ]
Originally posted by Paul Sturrock: ... They are often "improperly" used in place of another pronoun in an attempt to convey a more formal or polite meaning...
Or ironically, in an attempt to be hypercorrect. This tends to happen when "me" is actually appropriate. They realize "I" isn't correct, but an aversion to using "me" causes them to opt for phrasing like, "Reply to Uma or myself."
(Meanwhile, my cat refers to himself as, "my own self.")
"We're kind of on the level of crossword puzzle writers... And no one ever goes to them and gives them an award." ~Joe Strummer sscce.org
I considered the possibility that, despite proscriptions, many speakers view myself as the upscale (fancier, more elegant) alternative to plain ol' me, in the same way that, thanks to instruction to replace like as a conjunction by as, they view such as as the upscale alternative to plain ol' like.