Amen to this. "I used to hold grudges until I realized that most people are narcissistic and their actions are driven by an unhealthy self-interest and not by maliciousness towards me. I have since freed myself from this needless burden.
You can never get your self respect, your self worth or respect and trust of others back. Unless you are a psychopathic, narcissistic manipulator, then that is the only type of friend your have left to spar with, isn't it.
Narcissists provoke people, then blame them. I can’t count the times they’ve done it to me. They'll blame themselves sometimes too for a minute but (wait for it.) yours will be dropped for sure, every time
"Sometimes you just have to turn around, give little smile, throw the match, and burn that bridge." I've adopted this a long time ago and it changes you for the better. Those bridges were going to crumble any way, might as well give them a hand.