"Emotional vampire" is a very accurate description of a female malignant narcissist, because an encounter with one of these individuals leaves you exhausted, as if all your blood has been sucked away. The term seems to have been coined by a psychologist named Dr. Albert Bernstein, PhD, who has also written a book called Emotional Vampires: Dealing With People Who Drain You Dry.
Dr. Bernstein explains that emotional vampire is just a cute term for someone suffering from a personality disorder, such as sociopathy or narcissism. Actually, I should also point out that these vampires might be suffering from something, but everyone around them suffers as well. That's because they play a lot of mind games, often with devastating results. For instance, if you work with a narcissist, and he or she happens to be envious of you, watch out. You'll be in for the ride of your life.
Anyway, Dr. Bernstein's book is humorous and serious at the same time. He gives you clear advice on how to set firm boundaries with the personality disordered, so peace can reign in your life.
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