Are you feeling run down lately? Low in energy? Does the face that greets you in the bathroom mirror in the morning look pale and tired? Is it hard to make it through the working day?
You might be experiencing stress, or maybe you need more sleep. You might have some kind of physical condition causing your fatigue, and need a visit to your doctor.
Then again, maybe you're just the victim of an Energy Vampire.
I didn't know about Energy Vampires until I was sent a link by a loyal reader, who said, "Get a load of this." At first I was expecting more nonsense about people who are way too much into Twilight, but then I was sent to the website of Dr. Bruce Goldberg (here). The website goes into great detail, not about blood drinking monsters, but about people who extract the energy from people around them. At first I thought he was speaking metaphorically; we've all known people who are demanding, exhausting, draining of energy.
But no. Dr. Goldberg thinks that there are people who can literally, honestly suck out your energy.
For those of you who would rather not risk having your energy drained by even reading this stuff, Dr. Goldberg classifies Energy Vampires into five types: the Paranoid Type, the Ethereal Type, the Insecure Type, the Passive-Aggressive Type, and the Robot Type. Each of them, however, is a "psychic parasite," capable of "initiating a psychic attack" on you, resulting in your "psychic energy" being depleted. The only option is to avoid any kind of contact, especially physical, with these people.
Then, I found that Dr. Goldberg's stuff is only scratching the surface. It gets way more ridiculous than that. The Psychic Vampire Resource and Support Page (here) contains links to literally dozens of sites that go into tremendous detail about Energy Vampires, who, they say, are people "who can't create their own energy" and so need to drain energy from others. Some Energy Vampires are more benevolent of nature, and simply go around and handle objects that ordinary people have handled, subsisting on traces of used energy left behind, sort of like a psychic version of the folks who feel compelled to frequent garage sales. But others, apparently, prefer fresh energy straight from the source, and will try to touch you so as to establish a "psychic link," and then they feed on your energy, leaving you listless and depressed.
Then, there's the Vampirism and Energy Work Research Study (here), which has enormous amounts of data, including pie charts and bar graphs, detailing the responses to questions like "Do you consider yourself a sanguinarian, psychic, or hybrid vampire?" and "What blood substitutes do you use when you can't feed on real blood?" And thousands of people responded to these surveys.
I don't know about you, but this worries me. I'm willing to believe that at least some of these people (1) participated because they thought it was funny, or (2) belong to the aforementioned Twilight fan club, but that still leaves at least a few people who really, honestly think they're vampires.
And my general response to that is, "You people are loons."
So once again, we're up against a phenomenon that seems to skirt the line between role playing and insanity. As I've mentioned before, I don't want to be perceived as ridiculing someone who is mentally ill, so I'll just end by saying: Dear vampires, psychic or otherwise: I don't think you want my energy. My energy is probably all sour and thin from the fact that I don't get nearly enough sleep, so I'm sure you wouldn't enjoy it much anyway. If you're really desperate, however, you can come by and touch my mailbox, which probably has traces of my psychic energy on the handle. That way, you wouldn't need to get out of your car, or actually even come to a complete stop. Thank you.