Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Psychic Vampires: Psychic Nonsense by Neil Benson
The concept of psychic vampires is not new, but has become a popular item of discussion on Internet vampire sites, as well as among certain segments of the adult population. After reading descriptions of psychic vampires and what constitutes psychic vampirism on over a dozen web sites, I continue to conclude there is no such thing as psychic vampirism, at least in the manner in which it is discussed and described at large.
First, and foremost, no one presents any substantive evidence that psychic vampirism exists. Discussions of people with fatigue, or even chronic fatigue syndrome, and other ailments can easily be explained by psychological and physical processes bearing no relationship to psychic vampirism. Another hole in the psychic vampirism myth is the fact that the description of psychic vampires and psychic vampirism has at best marginal continuity. In a number of instances, the focus of explaining persons who allegedly practice psychic vampirism is on certain personality types who, to borrow an often used phrase, "Suck the energy" out of other people.
I am fully aware that there are people who can "suck the energy" out of other people. I have personally experienced them, and for a number of years, worked for such a person. However these people’s actions can be more easily explained by psychological disturbances well described in the DSM IVR.
Such people usually have significant personality disorders such as narcissism, paranoia, and are frequently psychopaths, or psychopathic to some degree. They are very needy people who seem to suck the oxygen out of the air in a room and make almost everyone who comes into contact with them feel worse for the experience. When they are in positions of power, they are most lethal, and the best way to escape the harm they can cause is to change jobs. However, if one has the necessary grit and assertiveness, such persons can be put in their place and rendered relatively harmless to the person doing so.
The other, more exotic, form of psychic vampirism is related to the taking of energy from another person. The terms prana and chakras are used as if they are proven scientific facts with a host of substantial research and literature to back this up. Such does not exist. While work has been done with Kirlian photography it is far from a precise science, and no one has used it to demonstrate how psychic vampirism works. While I personally believe that psychic energy exists, my readings of Eastern literature convince me there are very few people capable of actually taking the product, electrical energy, or life force from another person. Persons capable of doing this would probably be found in monasteries in Japan and China, various places in India, and high in the Tibetan Himalayas, and not in the mosh pits of night clubs catering to wanna be vampires. While a number of people from Western society have learned what the East has to offer, the people capable of teaching advanced use of drama and energy would have little inclination to harm another person, or teach another person how to do so.
This is far from a full treatise on this subject. But there are many gullible young adults who are all too eager to believe that such exotic things exist. The belief that "real vampires" of any sort to exist among us has existed for a long time. The current popularity of such beliefs will be discussed in a future post. I have been writing vampire and horror short stories for over six years, and have completed a vampire novel. In order to do so I have done much reading about vampires including the interesting books by Katherine Ramsland, Ph.D. None of what I read made me more inclined to believe that "there are real vampires." But it is fun to write about, and sometimes even more fun to talk about.