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How to Deal with Emotional Vampires

I am reblogging this great post by Eric from MakeitUltra! Emotional vampires are exhausting to be around. In my case, I grew up with parents who had NPD (one of the most draining emotional vampires) , which eventually led to me developing Complex PTSD & Depression. I have come very far on my recovery journey due to incredibly helpful articles like this one, so I feel it is important to share it on my blog too!

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vampire3.jpg“Anyone can give up, it’s the easiest thing in the world to do. But to hold it together when everyone else would understand if you fell apart, that’s true strength.” ~Unknown

1. Don’t be guilted or show pity
Emotional vampires are great at using guilt or pity to control and manipulate others. If you show any sign of guilt or pity, you become an easy target. It is important to be decisive, direct and non-reactive when dealing with emotional vampires. Remember, emotional vampires can be quite charming. Establishing boundaries early will help. But, don’t be afraid to set a new precedent with an emotional vampire, even if you know they will react negatively. Set an intention that you will not be an emotional prisoner to anyone.

2. Replenish yourself after every interaction
After interacting with an emotional vampire it is common to feel completely drained. It is important to keep this in mind before skipping the evening walk or…

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