The term "energy vampire" is [also] used metaphorically to refer to people whose influence leaves a person feeling exhausted, unfocused, and depressed, without ascribing the phenomenon to psychic interference
(Definition courtesy of www.wikipedia.org)
In a nutshell, energy vampires are the people who make us wish that we could say "beam me up" when we encounter them so that we could disappear into the ether, leaving the energy vampire moaning to themselves.
We all know or have met energy vampires in our life, but we don't always spot them straight away or, when we do recognise them, it's too late and they've already managed to find an "in" into our life - whether that's through friendships, personal relationships or business relationships. Sometimes we are unlucky and have an energy vampire in our family circle, a person who is not as easy to extricate ourselves from. For some of us, an energy vampire could be the friend who calls and texts us day and night to complain about how awful her life is, to moan about how unfair and mean her boss is, how terrible her mother is, why that guy never called her back, how nothing ever goes right for her and she can't understand how others have so much and yet she has so little...for others, the energy vampire in our life could be our boss, a colleague or that person in our office who has recognised the kind-hearted person within us and uses every conceivable opportunity to complain to us about how bad their life is, how they never get promoted, how hard they work and the long hours they put in but that it is never recognised by others and how much they absolutely hate their job but what's the point in trying to find another one? It will only be exactly the same situation somewhere else!
So what can we do about energy vampires? Are we powerless to deal with them, or are they the ones who hold all the power? Do we just have to suffer in silence while they drone on, leaving us feeling drained and exhausted?