Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Energy Suckers feed on Drama

Sucker for a sob story?
Stop ‘energy vampires’ from sapping sanity
By Cynthia Hubert
Sacramento Bee

"You know the type.

Whine, whine, whine. Complain, complain, complain. Drama upon drama upon drama.

A few minutes with him or her and your stomach starts to hurt. You’re ready for a couple of hits of Tylenol and a long nap.

Coincidence? Psychiatrist Judith Orloff thinks not. This person who is stealing your energy, she says, is an “energy vampire,” and just about everybody knows one.

“They’re everywhere,” says Orloff, an assistant clinical professor at UCLA and author of the book “Positive Energy: 10 Extraordinary Prescriptions for Transforming Fatigue, Stress & Fear Into Vibrance, Strength & Love” (Three Rivers Press; $14; 384 pages).

Energy vampires, like their bloodthirsty cousins, are dangerous, Orloff says. By sucking us dry of positive energy, she says, they can contribute to illnesses from chronic fatigue and depression to chest pain... " Read the Full Article

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