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Not completely sure whether the ば is acting as a conditional or the grammar is something else because I can't quite understand the sentence.

Context is the guy was feeling a bit troubled before changing his mood again.

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Yes.

Aすれば、Bだった means "I would have been B had I done A". In this case, A is 開き直ってしまう.

I can provide more explanation if you expound on what exactly you don't understand with the sentence.

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  • It doesn't sound counterfactual in this case... – broken laptop Apr 6 at 0:08

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