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    "who wants to hear bad stuff about ourselves?"

    Criticism is crucial for personal improvement. It’s the most direct way to find out what you should improve on. However, accepting criticism can be emotionally challenging. After all, we’re only human, who wants to hear bad stuff about ourselves?

    http://thinksimplenow.com/happiness/criticism/

    Shouldn’t the only plural reflexive pronoun "themselves" refer to the previously implied gender-neutral subject plural pronoun "they"? If my question is not understandable, is it grammatical to use "ourselves" there?

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    Re: "who wants to hear bad stuff about ourselves?"

    'Ourselves' is grammatical because it refers back to 'we'.

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    Re: "who wants to hear bad stuff about ourselves?"

    I agree with Rover about it referring back to "we". Having said that, I would have no problem with "After all, we're only human. Who wants to hear bad stuff about themselves?" In fact, I find that more natural. I would separate it into two sentences (in both my version and the original).

    To use "ourselves", I would be inclined to say something like "After all, we're only human so we don't want to hear bad stuff about ourselves".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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