Some people are so hurt that, when it comes to inevitable conflict, they see it as hurt others or be hurt yourself, and take no chances. They commonly deploy a technique known as DARVO, (Deny, Attack, Reverse Victim and Offender) a reflexive strategy whenever there is conflict — make it the complete fault of the other person.
Conflict, to this personality, is not something to be resolved, it is a war for existence itself that must be won by any means necessary. The first rule of conflict, for those who see it as total war, is: deny any role in the conflict and blame the merciless party you disagree with. Like so:
This conflict is entirely your creation and not my fault in any way, so you are the cause of the entire conflict and the only one who can fix it, obviously! I need to defend myself against your unfair, sick, dangerous attacks. I‘ve never had conflict in my life, your life is one long conflict, so the entire problem must be you, though, of course, you can’t admit that, because that would make you wrong, which you can never be. You keep insisting I hurt you but you hurt me continually, brutally, unfairly and without the slightest mercy or hesitation, etc.
If you think about it for a moment, the only hope of resolving a conflict is through an honest back and forth, everyone gaining a better understanding of the cause of the problem, everyone willing to compromise to make the mutual pain stop. This takes a certain maturity and faith in the problem solving abilities of the other person in the conflict.
Honest conversation and understanding are the last things a person who needs to “win” every conflict can tolerate. So-called honesty is perceived as a vicious attack on vital organs! So you use all of your powers to transform the other party into the unreasonable aggressor and recruit loyal allies in the brutal war to defend your good name against the slander that you are hell-bent on winning at any price.
Talk about your basic mindfuck. The cherry on top is that people you have known for years, and considered close friends, could believe this simplistic and ridiculous version of events rather than the much more plausible story of what actually took place… perfectly mindfucking…
Remember the acronym DARVO — deny, attack, reverse victim and offender. How did I go all these years with no shorthand for the consistent way every angry person who cannot be wrong that I’ve ever had a conflict with has reacted? What is the word for the flying monkeys who believe the weaponized DARVO version of reality? Oh, yeah, flying monkeys. Oh wee yo…