According to Dr. Judith Orloff, psychiatrist and author of Emotional Freedom: Liberate Yourself From Negative Emotions And Transform Your Life (Harmony Books), an emotional vampire is someone who leaves you drained after a conversation with them because of their whining, theatrics, and negativity.
Since many people are in a funk due to the financial crisis, Orloff says the best way stay positive is to limit your interactions with emotional vampires.
This means setting boundaries such as only allowing yourself to speak with Debbie Downers for five minutes at a time.
Says Orloff: If youre at a party and someone is bringing you down, excuse yourself to go to the bathroom. Just get away.
Orloff says people who listen to emotional vampires endlessly are likely to become depressed themselves and get physical symptoms like headaches and stomachaches.
If thats the case, she suggests cutting Negative Nellies out of your life entirely.
She once had a hairdresser who was a total emotional vampire and Orloff got so fed up, she stopped going to her.
Emotional Freedom hits shelves March 2.
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