Energy vampires are beings who cannot produce enough energy or any energy at all to mentally "survive" the day to day tasks needed in society today. Energy Vampires, hereon called EVs, crave the energy of their friends, family, and lovers. They tend to have four distinct personality traits.
1) Those who are narcissistic, who continually places their own desires ahead of everyone, always. These people are more likely to be in a position of authority where they can inflict the most damage to their underlings. These can also show up in the relationship, often the EV as the dominate on in the relationship. Some signs of this can be a co-worker or lover going to the EV and specifically telling them something, say complaining about their offensive language, and the EV deliberately ignoring the request. Sometimes the pleasure from this is obvious.
2) Those who have a love/hate relationship with everyone around them, constantly driving people away only to bring them back, often described as push/pull relationships. Some signs of this is the EV will call a lover up and meet with them, have a great time, then vanish, often making the lover worried and frustrated. Sometimes the EV will make rude phone calls or texts only to call later to apologize.
3) Those who believe they are a constant victim. Sometimes these EV believe the world is literally out to get them. They make excuses as to why they are not the problem, and blame others for their mistakes, even if it was obviously them who did it. These EV look for sympathetic people who try to console them or comfort them, but often the EV turns on the people who try to help, ultimately destroying all their relationships.
4) Those who are extremely controlling and seek to invalidate everyone else's thoughts, dreams, and opinions. These people start discussions and debates and always dominate the conversation, ending the debate with their thoughts and presenting them as facts even if they are not. These people try to control everyone around them.
All of these types of EVs feed off the energy gained from others emotions, which are usually negative. There is a certain amount of addictiveness to EVs, with the most addictive one being the love/hate type. People who tend to be around a certain EV will experience consuming thoughts about the EV, especially if they are romantically involved. All of the victims exhibit symptoms of a type of withdrawal once away from said EV, but the most evident is with the love/hate EVs. Some of the symptoms include:
headache, irritability, an inability to concentrate on anything other than the EV, drowsiness, insomnia and pain in the stomach, upper body, and joints
and with prolonged exposure: restlessness, fidgetiness, nervousness, insomnia muscle twitching, a rambling flow of thought and speech, irritability, irregular or rapid heart beat when thinking of the EV, psychomotor agitation, mania, depression, lapses in judgment, disorientation, disinhibition, delusions
Protection from an EV is a relatively simple matter. Place a barrier around you, or you can place a barrier around the EV so it does not feed off of others around. Generally, staying away from the EV also works, but the feelings of withdrawal will still linger until the bond is broken, much like a normal substance that is addictive. Going back to the EV will worsen things, again much like an addictive substance. The longer the exposure, the harder it is to leave.