Is Were he in the last sentence the same as If it were, which I learned is a subjective form? But the following may have felt is not a subjunctive, which makes the sentence obscure to me. Is the sentence grammatical, isn't it? If so, can I use might have felt, which is a subjunctive form? What is the difference in meaning between the two verb phrases?
And is if only with the contraction of if only he could attack with? I've searched the phrase, but I am not sure what that means.
Reflection and reflecting are a psychologist’s favorite words, and with good reason: a reflective person has access to his inner motives, feelings, and thoughts, and is able to see the (psycho)logical connection between them and his actions. Because he’s keeping an eye on his dark side, he’s better able to keep it in check. For instance, he’ll recognize that the aversion he feels toward his coworker isn’t actually because she’s supposedly unfriendly — it’s because of the envy he feels at her success. By seeing this in himself, he will likely conclude that it really wouldn’t be fair to target this person. Chances are good he’ll behave amicably toward her and manage to regulate his green-eyed monster internally. Because he has access to his feelings of envy and inferiority, he also has the ability to sway these feelings in a more positive direction. Were he unable to admit that his coworker’s success rubbed his ego the wrong way, he may have felt tempted to attack her, if only with a few verbal jabs to cut her down — even in front of others.