Emotional vampires wear many different disguises — from workplace bullies to needy relatives to poor-me complainers. Intentionally or not, these people can make us feel depressed, overwhelmed, defensive, wiped out and angry.
Without effective self-defense strategies to keep them at bay, victims of emotional vampires sometimes develop unhealthy behaviors and symptoms, such as overeating, isolating, mood swings or feeling fatigued.
Here are five common types of emotional vampires we often encounter, along with some “silver bullet” tips for fending them off. (Note: These emotional vampires can be either gender!)