Watch out for these "energy vampires"

How to spot an energy vampire - You may not know someone is an energy vampire when you first meet them, but you can tell after a while. 

At the start -
Initially, they may seem extremely friendly, almost overly so. So it can feel natural being their friend. This is a common approach for an energy vampire.

Common traits -
An energy vampire is someone who repeatedly takes, and lacks insight and awareness of how their ways contribute to interpersonal problems.

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Common signs -
Some common signs of an energy vampire include talking more about themselves than about you or anyone else.

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They're often jealous - Pessimism and jealousy are two common traits, which you might not notice when they're being friendly in front of your face.

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They act like a martyr -
Energy vampires place their problems on other people. They take no responsibility for their contributions to their own difficulties.

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They criticize or bully -
Deep down, energy vampires are often insecure. They may use dehumanizing tactics and criticisms to keep people insecure.

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They always one-up you -
An energy vampire never likes to be outdone, and they won't share the spotlight. This is one of their many narcissistic tendencies.

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They intimidate -
Close to bullying, intimidation is a tool some energy vampires turn to when they need to stir things up. It can also help them boost their egos.

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They don’t take accountability - They never accept culpability in any disagreement or issue. You're often left feeling guilty, and possibly getting the blame.

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In a group setting - When an energy vampire enters a group dynamic, everyone goes quiet. You may feel like they "kill the vibe," as they diminish and talk over people.

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Asking for space -
If you can't avoid the person, ask for space. Be kind, but also clear about your needs.

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Set boundaries -
Setting boundaries is another way of protecting yourself. Don't agree to social events, and limit interactions between the two of you.

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Use your energy -
Create a buffer zone with your own energy. Even if you can hear the person, visualize a protective white light around you.

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Step back - Don't be afraid of taking a step back and think about what type of people aggravate you. Sometimes that's the best you can do for your mental well-being.

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Cut them out entirely -
And in most cases, you can cut this person from your life entirely. This might seem dramatic, but at the end of the day you're protecting yourself.

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