relating to a verb whose object is the same as ist subject; in German, it is used with a reflexive pronoun

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How to use “sich”

I get confused each time I see sich in a sentence. I know it's used with reflexive verbs, but the problem is sometimes I cannot convince myself of the way it's used. Examples like: In der Presse ...
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Where to place “sich” in an elaborate sentence?

I've been studying German for some time and still I'm always unsure where to put the sich particle; this insecurity slows down my speech, in particular. Can somebody give a rule and an example with ...
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Why is it “mir ist übel” and not “ich bin übel”?

To express we feel nauseous we may say Mir ist übel. Mir ist schlecht. Mir ist schwindlig. What are the grammatical rules behind this? Why don't we say "Ich bin übel" when we say Ich bin ...
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Why are accusative personal pronouns added into sentences that already have nominative personal pronouns?

I am having some trouble understanding why accusative personal pronouns are added into a sentence that already has a nominative personal pronoun, for example. Wie fühlst du dich? Könnt ihr ...
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Is the use of reflexive required when possible?

(a) Er ist stolz auf sich selbst. is a natural translation of "He is proud of himself." My question is whether (b) Er ist stolz auf ihn selbst. is correct or not? That is, when the ...