Illustration Courtesy of Alja Horvat. In her new book, Dodging Energy Vampires , Northup identifies two groups of people—empaths and energy vampires—and explores the relationship dynamic between the two. A self-identified empath, Northrup describes them as highly sensitive and caring people. They seek out the best in others and always look for ways to help. Their downfall, says Northup, is that their desire to nurture others makes them ideal targets for energy vampires—who tend to be charismatic, manipulative, and narcissistic. You will spend your whole life waiting! Northrup walks us through her philosophy on energy vampires—why she thinks people are addicted to them, signs that you may be in a relationship with one, and how to break free and reclaim your power.
They are individuals who exhibit characteristics associated with a cluster B personality disorder in psychiatry. This might include narcissistic personality disorder, borderline personality disorder, histrionic personality disorder, and antisocial personality disorder. Unfortunately, they are generally very charming, charismatic, and incredibly smart. They usually are the people you can never do right by. They tend to be high up the totem pole in society or in the workspace and have no qualms about bullying or harming other people to get their way.
Oftentimes because of their charisma and charm, their victims may not be taken seriously. They often play the victim themselves and manipulate others into doing things for them. They tend to place blame on others rather than taking the blame themselves. Only in very rare cases, usually later in life, will such an individual change their behavior, if they themselves grow tired of their patterns. Empaths are highly sensitized individuals. They may be told that they feel too much, or that they need to grow a thicker skin.
By nature, empaths almost always want to uplift a situation—they want to make the world a better place—and they are constantly trying to improve themselves. They tend to believe love conquers all and everyone is good at heart. Which sometimes leads to a rude awakening for an empath. Energy vampires tend to use sob stories to get the energy of an empath. Empaths typically enter relationships thinking they can help the other person, and they often end up giving all of their energy to the other person.
The empath will just keep giving, and giving, and giving, until they experience a burnout. I liken empaths to lint rollers for the pain of other people. This is a pattern often learned in childhood. Energy vampires, or narcissists, can be addictive for many reasons. An empath may feel boring by comparison and flattered by the attention of the narcissist. The narcissist is often able to manipulate the empath into thinking that their life will be worthless—or not as exciting—without them.
Often narcissists are good at sex, and they may use sex as a way of keeping an empath addicted. When people are having sex, a biochemical reaction occurs that releases oxytocin—the feel-good and bonding hormone. This might make an empath chemically attached. They might start to believe that the only way they can feel true pleasure is by remaining with the narcissist. As the empath is subjected to increasingly extreme demands by the narcissist, they might develop cognitive dissonance.
In other words, their brain tells them one thing, but their heart or body says something else. When an empath is in the midst of recovering from this type of relationship—because of its chemical and mental deep ties—it can take a while, even two years, to get over the addiction. Energy vampires use many forms of control in order to keep an empath under their thumb. Many are wealthy and powerful, and they use their money to control and manipulate their partners. I mean, you should've seen her last night.
That wasn't Buffy. Xander : Are we overlooking the idea that she may be very attracted to me?
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Giles : Possessed by what? Willow : Aaaaa possessing thing! Giles : [sarcastically] Well, that narrows it down. Xander : Well, you're the expert. Hey, maybe when the Master killed her some Willow : That's what it was! I mean, why else would she be acting like such a b-i-t-c-h? Giles : Willow, I think we're all a little too old to be spelling things out.
Xander : A bitcuh? Angel : We need to distract the vampires. Buffy : Right. Angel : What are you gonna do? Buffy : I'm gonna kill them all. That oughta distract 'em. Cordelia : What an ordeal. And you know what the worst part is? Jenny : What? Cordelia : It stays with you forever. No matter what they tell you, none of that rust and blood and grime comes out. I mean, you can dry-clean till Judgment Day , you are living with those stains.
Jenny : Yeah that's the worst part of being hung upside down by a vampire who wants to slit your throat. The stains. Some Assembly Required [2. Angel : [laughs a bit] Of Xander? He's just a kid. Buffy : Is it 'cause I danced with him? Angel : Danced with is a pretty loose term. Mated with might be a little closer. Buffy : Don't you think you're being a little unfair? It was one little dance, which I only did to make you crazy, by the way.
Behold my success. Angel : I am not jealous. Buffy : You're not jealous? What, vampires don't get jealous? Angel : See? Whenever we fight you always bring up the vampire thing. Xander : [digging in the grave yard as the girls watch] Y'know, this might go a lot faster if you femmes actually picked up a shovel, too.
Giles : [stopping, almost breathless] Hear, hear. Buffy : Sorry, but I'm an old fashioned gal. I was raised to believe that men dig up the corpses and the women have the babies. Xander : So, both coffins are empty. That makes three girls signed up for the army of zombies. Willow : Is it an army if you just have three? Buffy : Zombie drill team then. Buffy : I don't get it. Why would anybody wanna make a girl? Xander : [bitterly] You mean when there's so many pre-made ones just laying around?
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The things we do for love. Buffy : Love has nothing to do with this. Xander : Maybe not, but I'll tell you this: people don't fall in love with what's right in front of them. People want the dream. What they can't have. The more unattainable, the more attractive. Xander : Well, I guess that makes it official. Everybody's paired off. Vampires get dates. Hell, even the school librarian sees more action than me.
You ever think that the world is a giant game of musical chairs, and the music's stopped and we're the only ones who don't have a chair? Willow : All the time. Cordelia : Xander? I just wanted to thank you for saving my life.
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What you did in there was really brave and heroic, and I just wanted to tell you if there was anything that I could ever do to Xander : Do you mind? We're talking here. Willow : Wondering why we never get dates. Xander : Yeah, so why do you think that is? School Hard [2. Vigeous, our power shall be at its peak. When I kill her, it'll be the greatest event since the crucifixion. And I should know. I was there. Spike : You were there? If every vampire who said he was at the crucifixion actually was there, it would've been like Woodstock.
Spike : I was actually at Woodstock. That was a weird gig. I fed off a flower person, and then I spent the next six hours watching my hand move The Anointed One : Who are you? Spike : Spike.
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You're that Anointed guy. I read about you. You've got Slayer problems. That's a bad piece of luck. Do you know what I find works real good with Slayers? Killing them. The Anointed One : Can you? Spike : [glancing at "Big Ugly"] A lot faster than Nancy-boy there. Yeah, I did a couple Slayers in my time. I don't like to brag I love to brag! Buffy : We were at the Bronze before. Thought you said you might show. Angel : You said you weren't sure if you were going. Buffy : I was being cool. C'mon, you've been dating for, what, like, two hundred years?
You don't know what a girl means when she says maybe she'll show? Two centuries of dating. If you only had two a year, that's still like dates with different Angel : I taught you to always guard your perimeter. Spike : I did. I'm surrounded by idiots.
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What's new with you? Angel : Everything. Spike : Yeah. Come up against this slayer yet? Angel : She's cute. Not too bright, though. Gave her the puppy dog "I'm all tortured" act. Keeps her off my back when I feed. Spike : People still fall for that Anne Rice routine?
What a world! Xander : [to Angel] I knew you were lying. Undead liar guy. Spike : You think you can fool me?! You were my sire, man! You were my Angel : Things change. Spike : Not us! Not demons! Man, I can't believe this. You Uncle Tom! Come on people! This isn't a spectator sport! Spike : [holding a pole] Fee-fi-fo-fum, I smell the blood of a nice ripe [turns to see Buffy, holding an axe] Buffy : Do we really need weapons for this? Spike : I just like them, they make me feel all manly.
You don't strike me as the begging kind. Buffy : You shouldn't have come here. Spike : No. I've messed up your doilies and stuff. But I just got so bored! I'll tell you what. As a personal favor from me to you, I'll make it quick. It won't hurt a bit. Buffy : No, Spike. It's gonna hurt a lot. Inca Mummy Girl [2. Buffy : Oh! I know this one! Slaying entails certain sacrifices, blah blah biddy blah, I'm so stuffy, give me a scone. Giles : It's as if you know me. Devon MacLeish : What does a girl have to do to impress you? Oz : Well, it involves a feather boa and the theme to A Summer Place.
I can't discuss it here. Devon : You're too picky, man. Do you know how many girls you could have? You're lead guitar, Oz. It's currency! Oz : I'm not picky. You're just impressed by any pretty girl that can walk and talk. Devon : She doesn't have to talk. Ampata : You are always thinking of others before yourself. You remind me of someone from very long ago. The Inca Princess. Buffy : Cool! A princess. Ampata : They told her that she was the only one.
That only she could defend her people from the nether world. Out of all the girls in her generation Do you know the story? Buffy : It's fairly familiar. Ampata : She was sixteen, like us. She was offered as a sacrifice and went to her death. Who knows what she had to give up to fulfill her duty to others? Xander : Okay, I have something to tell you. And it's kind of a secret, and it's, um, a little bit scary. I like you. A lot. And I want you to go to with me the dance.
Ampata : [laughs] Why was that so scary? Xander : Well, because you never know if a girl's gonna say 'yes', or if Ampata : Hmm. Then you are very courageous. Xander : I just, present company excluded, I have the worst taste in women of anyone in the world, ever. Buffy : Ampata wasn't evil. At least not to begin with, and I-I do think she cared about you. Xander : Yeah, but I think that whole sucking the life out of people thing would have been a strain on the relationship.
Buffy : She was gypped. She was just a girl, and she had her life taken away from her. I remember how I felt when I heard the prophecy that I was gonna die. I wasn't exactly obsessed with doing the right thing. Xander : Yeah, but you did. You gave up your life. Buffy : I had you to bring me back. Reptile Boy [2. Buffy : What? What do you think is happening? Angel : You're 16 years old, I'm Buffy : I've done the math. Angel : You don't know what you're doing. You don't know what you want. Buffy : Oh, no, I, I think I do. I want out of this conversation.
Angel : Listen, if we date, you and I both know one thing's going to lead to another. Buffy : One thing already has led to another. You think it's a little late to be reading me a warning label? Angel : I'm just trying to protect you. This could get out of control. Buffy : Isn't that the way it's supposed to be? Angel : [grabs her roughly] This isn't some fairy tale. When I kiss you, you don't wake up from a deep sleep and live happily ever after. Buffy : No. When you kiss me I want to die. Buffy : Well, say it. Xander : I'm not gonna say it. Willow : You lied to Giles.
Xander : 'Cause she will. Buffy : I wasn't lying. I was just Xander : Like a corn dog. Willow : Like you don't have a sick mother, but you'd rather go to a frat party where there's gonna be drinking and older guys and probably an orgy. Xander : Whoa! Whoa-ho-ho, rewind. Since when do they have orgies, and why aren't I on the mailing list? Buffy : There's no orgies! Buffy : Angel barely says two words to me. Xander : Don't you hate that?
Buffy : And when he does, he treats me like I'm a child. Xander : That bastard!
Buffy : You know, at least Tom can carry on a conversation. Xander : Yeah! Who's Tom? Willow : The frat guy. Xander : Oh, Buffy, I don't think so. Frying pan, fire? You know what I'm sayin'? Giles : She lied to me? Angel : Did Willow : [to Angel] Well, why do you think she went to that party? Because you gave her the brush-off!
And I know she's the Chosen One, but you're killing her with the pressure! I mean, she's sixteen going on forty! I mean, you're gonna live forever! You don't have time for a cup of coffee?? Buffy : I told one lie, I had one drink. Giles : Yes, and you were very nearly devoured by a giant demon snake. The words "let that be a lesson" are a tad redundant at this juncture. Halloween [2. I'm sure it's full of fun facts to know and tell. Buffy : Yeah. It's too bad. That stuff is private. Willow : Also Giles keeps them in his office. In his personal files. Buffy : Most importantly, it would be wrong.
Cordelia : Oh, he's a vampire!
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Of course! But the cuddly kind, like a Care Bear with fangs. Willow : It's true.
Cordelia : You know what I think? I just think you're trying to scare me off 'cause you're afraid of the competition. Look, Buffy, you may be hot stuff when it comes to demonology or whatever, but when it comes to dating, I'm the Slayer. You're never gonna get noticed if you keep hiding! You're missing the whole point of Halloween. Willow : Free candy? Buffy : It's "come as you aren't " night!
The perfect chance for a girl to get sexy and wild, with no repercussions. Willow : Oh, I don't get wild. Wild on me equals spaz. Drusilla : Do you love my insides? The parts you can't see? Spike : Eyeballs to entrails, my sweet. Buffy : Ta da. Just little old 20th-century me. Angel : Sure you're okay?
Buffy : I'll live. Angel : I don't get it, Buffy. Why'd you think I'd like you better dressed that way? Buffy : I just wanted to be a real girl for once. The kind of fancy girl you liked when you were my age. Angel : Oh, ho. Angel : I hated the girls back then. Especially the noblewomen. Buffy : You did. Angel : They were just incredibly dull. Simpering morons, the lot of them. I always wished I could meet someone Buffy : Really?
Interesting how? Angel : You know how. Buffy : Still, I had a really hard day.
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You should probably tell me. Angel : You're right. I should. Buffy : Definitely. Lie to Me [2. I can so relate to her. She worked really hard to look that good, and people just don't appreciate that kind of effort. And I know the peasants were all depressed Xander : I think you mean oppressed. Cordelia : Whatever. They were cranky. So they're like, "Let's lose some heads. That's fair. And Marie-Antoinette cared about them. She was gonna let them have cake!
Willow : Uh, Angel? If I say something you really don't want to hear, do you promise not to bite me? Angel : Are you going to tell me that I'm jealous? Willow : Well, you do sometimes get that way. Angel : You know, I never used to. Things used to be pretty simple. A hundred years, just hanging out, feeling guilty I really honed my brooding skills. Then she comes along. Yeah, I get jealous. But I know people. And my gut tells me this is a wrong guy.
Angel : He left no paper trail. That's incriminating enough. Xander : I'm going to have to go with Deadboy on this one. Angel : Could ya not call me that? Angel : Do you love me? Angel : Do you? Buffy : I love you. I don't know if I trust you. Angel : Maybe you shouldn't do either. Buffy : Maybe I'm the one who should decide! Angel : I did a lot of unconscionable things when I became a vampire. Drusilla was the worst.
She was She was pure, and sweet, and chaste. Buffy : And you made her a vampire. Angel : First I made her insane. Killed everybody she loved. Visited every mental torture on her I could devise. She eventually fled to a convent, and on the day she took her holy orders, I turned her into a demon. Buffy : Well. I asked for the truth. Buffy : Well, I've got a news flash for you, brain trust. Styles, ending a somewhat confusing run right before the WWE went to India.
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