I know that there are some verbs that, when in a pronomial form, change their meaning:
- J'ai demandé à mon thérapeute pourquoi je ne peux pas pleurer. (I asked my therapist why I can't cry)
- Je me suis demandé pourquoi je ne peux pas pleurer. (I wondered why I can't cry)
Is there any way to use "demander" with the subject and object being the same, but with its non-pronomial meaning? That is, could I use "demander" to say "In my journal I wrote about my emotional blockages, by writing out questions to myself. In one question, I asked myself, "what is the reason that I can't cry?"?
And if I cannot use "demander", is there a way to say "I asked myself" (but not "I wondered") in French?