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Do you ever feel drained after being around certain people? I'm not talking about feeling just kind of tired, but feeling completely drained like your soul needs regenerating. Or sometimes you are out and about among many people, such as at a shopping mall or bar, and you feel the same way when you get home. According to some paranormal experts, you could have been the victim of a psychic vampire.
I know what you're thinking: how could anyone sink their teeth into your psyche and drain out the psychic "blood"? The thing is psychic vampires are in certain ways different from those nasty vampires that bite necks, ankles or whatever other part of the body that bleeds. Psychic vampires don't lust after blood, but instead other people's "life forces" or "essences" or whatever you want to call it.
As is the case with many paranormal phenomena, the scientific community does not support the belief in psychic vampirism since there is no hard scientific evidence of it. There are even a fair amount of paranormal investigators and researchers who think it is not a legitimate phenomena. I think this rejection of the existence of psychic vampirism might have something to do with the origins of the term, since it was coined by the notorious Anton LaVey, the founder of the Church of Satan.
Psychic vampires claim there are several ways to tell that you are one of them. Common symptoms include a constant desire to be around lots of other people, an inexplicable feeling of extreme fatigue when you've been alone for extended periods of time, a feeling of energy overload when you're around large and excited groups of people.
What do you do if you think someone close to you is a psychic vampire? The simple answer is to distance yourself from that person, since distance does affect the vampire's ability to feed. If you can't avoid the problem or don't know who exactly is draining you, some people claim that constructing a psychic shield around you will prevent future attacks. Different religions and philosophies have their own ideas on how to shield oneself, so choose the one you feel best serves you.
What do you all think, are psychic vampires a real paranormal phenomena or is it a bunch of bunk?