One of the most irritating thing abusers I've known personally have done is frame everything in terms of their personal virtue. Either "but I'm a good person" or "I guess I'm just a bad person then." Everything comes down to personal narrative or image rather than *consequences.*
The harm done, the patterns of systematic control or privileging your desires over others agency, gets dismissed into simplistic terms of personal character. It's a way of avoiding responsibility for impact. Even if that looks like "but I feel *guilty* and self-recriminate!"
There *are* "bad people" in the world, but precisely what defines a bad person -- a person unreachable and unwilling to embrace agency in their own development -- is maneuvers like "well I guess I'm just a bad person then" instead of choosing to reflect, change, and *choose*.
A lot of vice-signaling is people clinging to a comfortable blanket of self-narrative that enables them to avoid self-reflection & responsibility for the consequences of their actions. Self-conceptualization as the villain becomes a kind of alcoholism to avoid choice & engagement
This is *absolutely* not to say that we shouldn't *identify* abusers merely because they might then choose to use this as a self-narrative to avoid agency/responsibility for their impact on the world. They can choose not to. People need to be aware of the risks they pose.

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