3 October 2009 11 Comments
I once blogged about ‘emotional vampires’, but have recently come across the term, ‘energy vampire’, which is a different variation. They are sometimes also known as ‘psychic vampires’. Energy vamps as the term suggests siphon your energy.
The fiasco at work I blogged about exhausted me so much I took half the day off and stayed in bed past noon. Then I received an email from one of my bosses who made the mess with the report which I had to fix, saying that she is glad we ‘care so much’ and is now ‘reinvigorated’, without admitting a single fault.
As I read it, the hairs on the back of my neck stood up and signalled: ENERGY VAMPIRE! I should have picked it up earlier. She drains everyone around her, and then gets the energy to carry on screwing up so she can drain us some more!
The only way to free yourself from an energy vamp is to keep away from them. Tough when they are your boss or co-worker, but I’ll have to work out some kind of strategy. Meanwhile here are a few resources about energy vamps.
- Judith Orloff , a clinical psychiatrist who also works with ‘energy medicine’, is a key writer on the subject (summary of Orloff’s energy vampire typology here)
- Bruce Goldberg, a hynotherapist
- Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen, with a list of 11 ways to protect yourself from being drained
- Joe H. Slate, psychologist, offers a simple protection technique
A Bach flower essence that may help is Walnut, which protects against unwanted influences, and perhaps Sweet Chestnut if the drain has been severe! Sweet Chestnut is for the sense that there is no way out…