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How To Ward Off Emotional Vampires: Studio 5

Spot an emotional vampire before it bites! Therapist, Julie Hanks, has tips to protect yourself from people who want to bring you down.


I became aware of the term “emotional vampires” after reading a book review of Emotional Freedom: Liberate Yourself From Negative Emotions and Transform Your Life by Judith Orloff, MD. She has excellent strategies for identifying and dealing with people who emotionally drain you.

In her book, Dr. Orloff identified these 5 signs that you’ve encountered an emotional vampire:

1) Your eyelids are heavy—you’re ready for a nap

2) Your mood takes a nosedive                                   

3) You want to binge on carbs or comfort foods

4) You feel anxious, depressed, or negative

5) You feel put down, sniped at, or slimed

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