Emotional vampires: dealing with people who drain you dry
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Table of Contents
From the Book - Second edition.
Children of the night: who are these emotional vampires? ; Are they really vampires? ; Antisocial vampires ; Histrionic vampires ; Narcissistic vampires ; Obsessive-compulsive vampires ; Paranoid vampires
Maturity and mental health: If emotional vampires are children, what does it take to be a grown-up? : What causes people to become emotional vampires? ; Immaturity versus evil ; The everybody and nobody rule ; What if you see yourself?
The way of vampires: how emotional vampires are different from and more dangerous than other annoying people : Vampires are different ; Vampires prey on humans ; Vampires can't see themselves in a mirror ; Vampires are more powerful in the dark ; Protecting yourself from vampires
Lovable rogues: the antisocial types : The Ferrari-Toyota dilemma ; How to recognize an antisocial vampire ; The antisocial emotional vampire checklist: listening to the call of the wild ; What the questions measure
Vampire daredevils: sexy, thrilling, and definitely bad for your health : The physiology of excitement ; Daredevil hypnosis ; Female daredevils ; How vampires keep you coming back for more ; 10 ways to protect yourself from daredevils
Daredevils in your life: daredevil lovers and spouses : The action hero ; The liar ; The unfaithful lover ; Daredevil ex-husband ; Daredevil dads ; Daredevil adult children
Antisocial used car salesmen: Slicker than cheap polyester, so always remember to read the fine print : Used car hypnosis ; Is honesty really the best policy?
Vampire bullies: big, scary, powerful, and stupid as the guys who used to take lunch money : The instinct for aggression ; Vampire bully hypnosis ; What to do about bullies ; How to do the unexpected
Antisocial used car salesmen and bullies in your life : Living with a liar ; Bullies in your life ; Living in a minefield
Therapy for antisocial vampires : The goal ; Anger control treatment ; Self-help ; What will hurt
Show business, vampire style: the histrionic types : What it's like to be histrionic ; The histrionic dilemma ; What the questions measure ; The histrionic vampire checklist: living a soap opera ; How to protect yourself from histrionic vampires
Vampires who ham it up: whether it's sex, sickness, or secrets of success, there's only one show business : Ham-it-up hypnosis ; Writing a safe role for yourself ; Illness as theater ; Celebrities, fans, and wannabes ; Nine ways to protect yourself from histrionic hams
Passive-aggressive vampires: deliver us from ghoulies and ghosties and people who are only trying to help : Giving until it hurts ; Illness as communication ; Passive-aggressive hypnosis ; The high-self-esteem syndrome ; Nine ways to protect yourself from passive-aggressive histrionics
Histrionics in your life : Histrionic martial arts ; My mother, the drama queen ;The queen of gossip ; Your depressed sister ; Male histrionics
Therapy for histrionic vampires : The goal ; Professional help ; Self-help ; What will hurt
Big egos, small everywhere else: the narcissistic type : What it's like to be narcissistic ; The narcissistic dilemma ; Narcissism and self-esteem ; What the questions measure ; The narcissistic vampire checklist: identifying the self-styled smartest, most talented, all-around best people in the world
Vampires who are legends in their own minds: with talent like theirs, who needs performance? : How narcissistic legends prevent themselves from succeeding ; Narcissistic legend hypnosis ; How to socialize narcissistic legends ; Nine ways to protect yourself from narcissistic legends in their own minds
Vampire superstars: you've got to love the guys!: Worship them, actually: Dealing with superstars' insatiable needs ; Superstar hypnosis ; Sex and the superstar ; Superstar depression and anger ; Nine ways to protect yourself from narcissistic superstars
Narcissists in your life : Pundits from hell ; Tiger mom ; Season's greetings from the narcissist in your life
Therapy for narcissistic vampires : The goal ; Professional help ; Self-help ; What will hurt
Too much of a good thing: the obsessive-compulsive types : What's like to be obsessive-compulsive ; How much is too much? ; Punishment, where good and evil meet ; What the questions measure ; The obsessive-compulsive vampire checklist: vice masquerading as virtue ; The obsessive-compulsive dilemma
Vampire perfectionists and puritans: can the undead be anal-retentive? : Why do they always seem angry? ; Obsessive-compulsive hypnosis ; Product versus process ; Demanding priorities ; Perfectionists ; How the imperfect can deal with perfectionists ; Puritans ; Meet your inner teenager ; Nine ways to protect yourself from obsessive-compulsives: what to do when the good guys are after you
Obsessive-compulsives in your life : Control freak ; Control freak parents ; Married to a control freak
Therapy for obsessive-compulsive vampires : The goal ; Professional help ; What will hurt
Seeing things that others can't: the paranoid type : Paranoid purity ; What it's like to be paranoid ; The paranoid emotional vampire checklist: next stop, the twilight zone ; What the questions measure
Vampire visionaries and green-eyed monsters: Inspiration always involves blowing things out of proportion : The paranoid quest ; Paranoid hypnosis ; Visionaries ; How to recognize crazy ideas ; Paranoids and religion ; Green-eyed monsters ; The nine elements of vampire-fighting strategy: how to give paranoids a glimpse of reality
Therapy for paranoid vampires : The goal ; Professional help ; Self-help ; What will hurt
Sunrise at Dracula's castle.
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