Psychopaths generate pity plays for many reasons. But it is especially dangerous because they use the poor me routine to manipulate their targets into forgiving them and giving them chance after chance after chance, thus perpetuating the cycle of abuse.
Not sure of this is true but it sometimes feel to be. Emotional neglect is a trauma. That explains why being ignored hurts SO much! I vow to make it a goal to NOT ignore other people so that they do not feel this way.