Caught in the crossfireHave you ever stepped unwittingly into the middle of other people's power struggle? While it isn't the most painful experience in the world, I think it must cause a unique kind of stress. The hapless third party finds him/herself on the receiving end of extreme and seemingly completely irrational behaviour from both sides, often with little idea of what he/she has done to provoke such fury. It's like falling down a particularly sinister rabbit hole.
The ironic thing is that the 'power' being struggled for is often meaningless to anyone outside the immediate situation.