Do you know someone who makes you feel completely and utterly drained but don’t know why? Even spending a short time with them is exhausting. I bet you do – ESPECIALLY if you work in a hostile workplace! That, my friends, is how emotional vampires operate and probably the primary cause of your work stress.
Here are three common tactics emotional vampires use to draw on your energy and also some tips on how to stay safe:
An emotional vampire can use her eyes to draw you into a deep, dark vortex that vacuum-sucks the life-force out of your body, without your agreement.
This tactic is deployed by her imploring look that says: “feel sorry for me,” which of course you do. Yet you also feel awkward at the same time, as if you’re supposed to do something but aren’t sure what.
When you disengage from the unbearable eye-contact, you start feeling guilty and she gazes at you reproachfully, then leans even closer into you.
Your rational mind can’t explain why you feel so reluctant to give her anything, after all, she’s nice but has such a hard time, right?
If you give into her demands, you’ll feel resentful and annoyed at yourself for being a pushover. If you don’t give in, you’ll berate yourself for your lack of compassion and generosity: “what’s wrong with me?” In either case, you feel drained.
Someone who’s grounded and balanced tends to talk in a deeper, slower tone of voice that comes from their belly and projects energy (think Oprah).
An emotional vampire has a disconnected voice, usually with a soft or high pitch, emanating from the chest or throat (like a child). It can evoke a strong emotional reaction in you, such as intense irritation.
The voice indicates incongruence, meaning that the person intends to convey one thing (e.g., “I’m so nice) while really feeling something else entirely (such as angry at you). Your irritable reaction is likely tipping you off to the fact of being manipulated.
A state of balance is where you draw your energy from the Universal Energy Field, which is infinite. Conversely, an emotional vampire’s defining identity is one of lack – of energy, resources, love or connection. From this fearful and desperate state, she believes that her best source of energy is you and will attach a cord into your energy field to replenish her supplies.
The most important thing you can do is to cultivate awareness by listening to your body, which is trying to tell you something. If something feels off; it is.
The best way to do this is through a regular practise of mindfulness. To help you with that, I’ve created a free guide called: “The Silence of Mindfulness: A Simple Guide to Inner Peace and Emotional Well-Being,” which will help you to raise your awareness of the more subtle signals given off by emotional vampires.
Close your eyes and focus on what’s being created right now. What do you see? Imagination is the key to perceiving energy beyond the perception of your five senses.
See how many cords are attached to your energy field and cut them off, one-by-one. Then, place a seal of love and light on those places so the emotional vampire can no longer attach cords to your energy field. You can also use rituals to release yourself from attachments using essential oils, smudge sticks, bells, chanting or crystals.
If emotional vampires drain you, it’s often because you’re an empathic person and tend to care too much about others. As such, you need to set appropriate boundaries with someone who just wants to use you.
Wisdom in action is to develop discernment. The best gift you can give someone is an opportunity for growth – which happens when you say “no” to the emotional vampire. In turn, when someone grows in emotional maturity, they’re less likely to engage in destructive behaviour.
As an Empath Entrepreneur, I’m especially interested in helping professional women who want to take their amazing skills into a new online business with the aim of building a location independent income. I’ve had over 10 years’ experience in creating a compelling online presence. In fact, if you Google: “Dr Sophie Henshaw,” you’ll get over 201,000 hits with all the posts, articles and media appearances I’ve made over the years. I’ve appeared on Channel 10, 6PR, Fremantle Herald and WA Today. I’ve had articles published in PsychCentral, Women’s Agenda, NineMSN Health, Rebelle Society and Huffington Post. I’m currently a Thought Catalog contributor. P.S. I also practice as a clinical psychologist in my "offline" life!
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