When I hear the word "Vampire" it immediately takes my mind to darkness and stealing or taking something vital to life.
Energy Vampires are just that.
They come in many forms, and are usually done by the people closest to us.
When I googled Energy Vampires, I was surprised to see so many blogs and articles on the concept. In my book, I talk about Control Dramas, just some of the ways that people steal your energy.
I like this excerpt from one of the blogs I read:
How to Avoid Being Drained by Energy Vampires By SOPHIE HENSHAW, DPSYCH
"At first glance, energy vampires can seem highly attractive. They often are good-looking, bold, flamboyant or intelligent, and may appear to have a high opinion of you as indicated by their flattering attention. Drawing you into their inner circle may seem like just the boost you need in your usually drab work environment.
However, be aware that they are “grooming” you — setting you up to exploit you in whichever way best suits their purposes later. What seems quite innocent at first, such as finding a good friend, may lead you to compromise your ethics, morals and values against your will — maybe even breaking the law in due course. And because energy vampires are masters at avoiding responsibility, you could be the one who takes the blame when things go wrong."
It's crazy because I look back on all of the relationships that I had that were toxic and had an element of Vampirism, they were all of those characteristics described above. I feel it is my purpose to let everyone know about these terms and issues, and help us all grow.
For clarity in your life, and a general idea of Energy Stealing, I attached a link to a quiz.