One of my favorite terms to introduce to clients is “emotional vampire”. If they haven’t heard the term before they usually chuckle because they know exactly what I am talking about. An emotional vampire is someone who sucks us dry emotionally. Sometimes we know it is coming. Other times we are caught completely off guard. They can suck us dry by belittling our dreams, complaining about how the world is against them, or just their general grumpiness can bring us down. When we become aware of emotional vampires we have an opportunity to care for ourselves better.