This article on energy vampires is one that I thought was great. I need to be reminded of them as often as the next person. Besides the list given here, let me add one item: people who are energy vampires will call their “friends” and stay on the phone giving them all the minute details of their misfortunes, asking for counsel and assistance, sometimes making the friend feel responsible or required to help them deal with it all. Then, as it becomes the friends turn to talk, the vamp will be done and need to hang up.
We’ve all heard about mesmerising, immortal humans that turn into bats, and drool over our necks, but how many of us, are aware that our inner circle could contain someone just as invasive, only it’s not our blood they crave, just our energy.
They aren’t frightened of the sun or garlic, and approach them with a wooden stake, and they’ll only ask about your garden. Don’t expect them to hang out in cemeteries, and believe me, threatening them with ‘Buffy’ will have no effect, and yet they can be considered as much a predator as their more mythical brethren.
Unfortunately, this ‘energy stealer’ can be a friend, a colleague, or a loved one and in their defence they may not even know what they’re doing, it can be a totally unconscious action, even a character trait that they’re not aware they have.
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