The ache of being branded the villain in any inter-personal conflict is a unique pain. A dull, throbbing ache that haunts the soft-hearted, the empathic, the codependent, the scapegoat who tries their damnedest to always and only do the right thing. The narcissist's victim who wails, as I once heard my mother cry, "Why am I always in the wrong!?!"

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