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How to avoid the energy vampires

Do you have an energy vampire in your life? Ali Roff speaks to physician and health and wellness pioneer Christiane Northrup about ending relationships that drain you of your precious power


Q What is an energy vampire, and what effect do they have on us?

When I use the term ‘energy vampire’, I’m talking about a subgroup of people – about one in five of us – who, in psychiatry, are called Cluster B personalities, with narcissistic, borderline, histrionic and antisocial personality disorders, and there’s a spectrum; you can certainly live with someone who’s a little self-centred, and has narcissistic traits and then, at the other end, there are full-blown psychopaths, and they are the ones with no conscience.

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