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Have you ever noticed that in most, if not all European languages, there is no easy way to refer to the physical manifestation of the self without using a possessive noun or pronoun? My body. My self. "I have birthmarks on my body." "Ouch, I hurt _my_self." Trying to do it any other way makes you sound like an automaton or a sociopath. Ironically, sometimes it makes you seem more detached. "This body hurt itself." Or like a child. "I hurt me." Trying to be specific: "This body underwent an action, motivated by electrical impulses in the brain, that caused damage and pain." I blame Descartes.