How could I fail to see something that was so obvious?
The nonchalant approach, feigned empathy, untrue words, occasional unresponsiveness – it all dripped from his persona. Yet, I foolishly believed that he will stand by me, because there was no other option, and he was the sole support in a deep cesspool.
There is only a difference of degrees between a psychopath, sociopath and a pseudo-empath – so many layers, so many complexities that one fails to make an accurate judgement.
The only way to preserve sanity is to get out of those shadows and their dark reach. I did that, and my vision is now crystal clear.