In an ESL class, a student asked a difficult question about the use of “myself” in the following sentence:
I notice similarities between myself and other people more than differences.
(Speak Out, Upper Intermediate, p. 13, Exercise 11C, Pearson Longman, 2011)
She said that she had been taught in Japan that it should “me” here. And, as a native speaker, I also feel it should be “me,” but then, I am not an ESL expert like the people at Pearson Longman.
To me, the sentence seems to not be a case of an actual reflexive pronoun, such as “I see myself in the mirror,” but to border on hypercorrection such as “come have a drink with my husband and myself.”
However, this structure, whether or not hypercorrection, does seem do have many users. Here are some Google hit numbers.
"similarities between me and"
"similarities between myself and"
What explanation can I provide? Are both her previously learned rules and my native intuition incorrect? Or is something odd about the sentence from Pearson Longman? Or are all of these views correct?