This problem is driving me MAD! I use an IMAP email account (provided by AOL) and every time I send an email it then comes in to my AOL sent items folder and displays an unread count on mail.app. It's infuriating. I think imap stores the sent mail on it's server and I think I'm subscribed to all these folders so when it receives my sent mail, it sends a copy back to me. Can anyone help? I have tried creating a rule that mark all messages from me as read, but to no avail, it still does it anyway.