Why do some people refer to themselves in the third person?

Referring to one's self in the third person | What's it called when you refer to yourself by name?


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  1. 1 They are narcissists

    Some people who refer to themselves in the third person have narcissistic characteristics. Narcissists have an alternate superior ego they create and maintain.

  2. 2 They want to cope better with stress

    According to psychologist Ethan Kross, people who refer to themselves in the third person are better at coping with stress.

  3. 3 They want to stand out

    Most people refer to themselves using 'I'. Those who want to stand out and be different refer to themselves in the third person.

  4. 4 They want to protect their ego

    By referring to themselves in the third person, some people can avoid saying things such as 'I made a mistake'. This protects their ego as 'I' becomes a 'larger, untouchable' entity encompassing the 'smaller, imperfect' entity referred to in the third person.

  5. 5 They want to add weight to whatever they say

    Some people talk in the third person in order to add weight to everything they say.

  6. 6 They want to detach themselves from their limiting ego

    Some people refer to themselves in the third person because they don't want to attach themselves to their ego, which they see as being constraining and limiting. This way they are the puppet master, and the ego is the puppet.

  7. 7 They don't want to take responsibility

    Some people refer to themselves in the third person because they can say 'John Johnson made a mistake' not 'I'. This way they can escape the responsibility of doing various actions.

  8. 8 They want more self-control

    Some people who refer to themselves in the third person exhibit more self-control.

  9. 9 They want more self-promotion

    Some people who refer to themselves in the third person do it in order to increase their self-promotion and enhance their persona.

  10. 10 They want to impart humility

    Some people who refer to themselves in the third person want to impart humility such as in slave/servant-master relationships.

  11. 11 They want to become immortal

    Some people who refer to themselves in the third person wish to live forever. While the body dies, the name will live on forever.

  12. 12 They are eccentric

    Some people who refer to themselves in the third person are eccentrics and use such self-talk as a way of reaching their subconscious goals.

  13. 13 They want to have fun

    Some people who refer to themselves in the third person do it just for the joke and laugh effect it might have on their company.

  14. 14 They want to intimidate others

    Referring to themselves in the third person is not common, so some people do it in order to make others afraid of them.


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